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The Resource The making of a writer : journals, 1961-1963, Gail Godwin ; edited by Rob Neufeld

The making of a writer : journals, 1961-1963, Gail Godwin ; edited by Rob Neufeld

Label
The making of a writer : journals, 1961-1963
Title
The making of a writer
Title remainder
journals, 1961-1963
Statement of responsibility
Gail Godwin ; edited by Rob Neufeld
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Gail Godwin was twenty-four years old and working as a waitress in the North Carolina mountains when she wrote: "I want to be everybody who is great; I want to create everything that has ever been created." It is a declaration that only a wildly ambitious young writer would make in the privacy of her journal. In the heady days of her literary apprenticeship, Godwin kept a daily chronicle of her dreams and desires, her travels, love affairs, struggles, and breakthroughs. Now, at the urging of her friend Joyce Carol Oates, Godwin has distilled these early journals, which run from 1961 to 1963, to their brilliant and charming essence." "The Making of a Writer opens during the feverish period following the breakup of Godwin's first marriage and her stint as a reporter for the Miami Herald. Aware that she is entering one of the great turning points of her life as she prepares to move to Europe, Godwin writes of the "one hundred different hungers" that consume her on the eve of departure. A whirlwind trip to New York, the passengers and their stories on board the SS Oklahoma, the shock of her first encounters with Danish customs (and Danish men) - Godwin conveys the excitement of a writer embracing a welter of new experiences." "After a long, dark Scandinavian winter and a gloriously romantic interlude in the Canary Islands, Godwin moves to London and embarks on the passionate engagements that will inspire some of her finest stories. She records the pleasures of soaking in the human drama on long rambles through the London streets - and the torment of lonely Sundays spent wrestling these impressions into prose. She shares her passion for Henry James, Marcel Proust, Lawrence Durrell, Thomas Wolfe - and her terror of facing twenty-six with nothing to show but a rejected novel and a stack of debts. "I do not feel like a failure," Godwin insists as she sits down yet again to the empty page. "I will keep writing, harder than ever.""--Jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Godwin, Gail
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3557.O315
LC item number
Z468 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Neufeld, Rob
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Novelists, American
  • Fiction
  • Godwin, Gail
Label
The making of a writer : journals, 1961-1963, Gail Godwin ; edited by Rob Neufeld
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • [v. 1]. Journals, 1961-1963 -- v. 2. Journals, 1963-1969
  • v. 1. 1961-1963. The preparation : August 12-October 4, 1961 ; Taking leave : October 6-30, 1961 ; Walk, don't run : October 31-December 17, 1961 ; The fateful call : December 20, 1961-January 30, 1962 ; Andante : January 30-April 29, 1962 ; My vocation : May 8-September 30, 1962 ; Personal politics : October 1-December 26, 1962 ; My father's soul : January 2-February 16, 1963 ; Nightwalk : February 27-March 24, 1963 ; Resolution : March 26-June 22, 1963 ; The illumined moment : June 22-July 19, 1963 ; Appendix 1: Excerpts from "Halcyone and the lighthouse," the novel Gail Godwin started in 1961 ; Appendix 2: Literary influences in the work of Gail Godwin ; Appendix 3: Gail Godwin chronology -- v. 2. 1963-1969. The dramatic self : July 23-September 30, 1963 ; Brothers and lovers : November 17, 1963-March 23, 1964 ; Portrait of a woman : January 31-March 18, 1965 ; Accommodating Lucifer : March 20, 1965-February 12, 1966 ; The outsider : March 21-May 22, 1966 ; Getting published : March 5-November 3, 1968 ; The void and the validation : November 3-December 11, 1968 ; The writer's contract : December 13, 1968-March 11, 1969 ; Completion : March 12-July 6, 1969
Control code
61285655
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9781400064328
Isbn Type
(v. 1 : hard : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005044929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The making of a writer : journals, 1961-1963, Gail Godwin ; edited by Rob Neufeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • [v. 1]. Journals, 1961-1963 -- v. 2. Journals, 1963-1969
  • v. 1. 1961-1963. The preparation : August 12-October 4, 1961 ; Taking leave : October 6-30, 1961 ; Walk, don't run : October 31-December 17, 1961 ; The fateful call : December 20, 1961-January 30, 1962 ; Andante : January 30-April 29, 1962 ; My vocation : May 8-September 30, 1962 ; Personal politics : October 1-December 26, 1962 ; My father's soul : January 2-February 16, 1963 ; Nightwalk : February 27-March 24, 1963 ; Resolution : March 26-June 22, 1963 ; The illumined moment : June 22-July 19, 1963 ; Appendix 1: Excerpts from "Halcyone and the lighthouse," the novel Gail Godwin started in 1961 ; Appendix 2: Literary influences in the work of Gail Godwin ; Appendix 3: Gail Godwin chronology -- v. 2. 1963-1969. The dramatic self : July 23-September 30, 1963 ; Brothers and lovers : November 17, 1963-March 23, 1964 ; Portrait of a woman : January 31-March 18, 1965 ; Accommodating Lucifer : March 20, 1965-February 12, 1966 ; The outsider : March 21-May 22, 1966 ; Getting published : March 5-November 3, 1968 ; The void and the validation : November 3-December 11, 1968 ; The writer's contract : December 13, 1968-March 11, 1969 ; Completion : March 12-July 6, 1969
Control code
61285655
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9781400064328
Isbn Type
(v. 1 : hard : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005044929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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