"Why Writing Matters" by Nicholas Delbanco

Why Writing Matters Nicholas Delbanco

Why X Matters Series
Publication date:
12 May 2020
Yale University Press
296 pages: 197 x 127mm
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In this new contribution to Yale University Press’s Why X Matters series, a distinguished writer and scholar tackles central questions of the discipline of writing. Drawing on his own experience with mentors such as John Updike, John Gardner, and James Baldwin, and in turn having taught such rising stars as Jesmyn Ward, Delbanco looks in particular at questions of influence and the contradictory, simultaneous impulses toward imitation and originality. Part memoir, part literary history, and part analysis, this unique text will resonate with students, writers, writing teachers, and bibliophiles.

Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Hopwood Committee. The author of some thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in New York City and Cape Cod.