The Writing Life is a very small book—only 111 pages—that has been in my bookcase for many years. Its author, Annie Dillard, is well known in literary circles. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her 1975 book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and was included in Random House’s survey of the century’s 100 best nonfiction books. Her books have been translated into at least ten languages.
The back cover of The Writing Life is filled with glowing praise, such as this quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer: “We may fairly ask that a book about writing be, itself, a work of art. And that is what Dillard offers… Anyone hoping to see inside the process of literary artistry is unlikely to find a more lucid, sensitive or poetic view.” The Cleveland Plain-Dealer described her advice to writers as “encouraging and invigorating.” Read more ›