William Faulkner Critiques His Own Work . . .

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[William] ” Faulkner worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays.  He is primarily known and acclaimed for his novels and short stories, many of which are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, a setting Faulkner created based on Lafayette County, where he spent most of his life, and Holly Springs/Marshall County. “  For more visit his Wikipedia page at: http://bit.ly/1ck0AuY

To hear William Faulkner critique his own work, and give personal insights in a 1:37-minute video, visit: http://bit.ly/1k5g6Fd

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A Reflection upon Erle Stanley Gardner and Perry Mason

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Whether your know his works as authored by A. A. Fair, Kyle Coming, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray or Robert Parr, I’m sure you’ll agree that Erle Stanley Gardner was one of the most prolific writers.

There are many of us who know him for his creation of a favorite legal drama series, “Perry Mason,” but few know that because Mr. Gardner was reluctant to allow his most popular character to be transformed into a television soap opera, officials a major network decided they could do it on their own and created “The Edge of Night,” with a thinly-veiled main character much like Perry Mason – running for the next 28 years.  Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery! 

For more information on Erle Stanley Gardner, visit:  http://bit.ly/JEX7QT

 

To view this 2:31-minute video, brought to you by CBS Sunday Morning, visit: http://bit.ly/KgBBSW

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Interview: Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate

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This 3:52-minute interview with 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate, Alice Munro is brought to you by nobelprize.org. 

Before receiving the aware, 82-year-old, Ms. Munro announced earlier that she was contemplating stopping writing – as she’s been published since she was 20 years old. She has an amazing body of work.  For more information on her life and works, visit her profile in Wikipedia at http://bit.ly/19xkHsJ.

To see the interview, visit:  http://bit.ly/1cfeMp3

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An Interview with Margaret Atwood … starting at 1:39

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Start viewing this video at 1:39 for Ms. Atwood’s entrance, and wonderful interview.

“While she is best known for her work as a novelist, she has also published fifteen books of poetry.  Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales, which have been interests of hers from an early age.  Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper’s, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.” – Wikipedia, http://bit.ly/1k1Hcuh

To view the entire video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1jUJBcz

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Stephen King on the Craft of Writing Short Stories

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From Wikipedia –  http://bit.ly/JXvQJG  : “Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine. 

King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, his novella The Way Station was a Nebula Award novelette nominee, and his short story “The Man in the Black Suit” received the O. Henry Award in 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  He has also received awards for his contribution to literature for his whole career, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (2004), the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. (2007).”

In this, 2008,  4-1/2 minute interview, he discusses the craft of writing short stories, how long they should be and his failures and successes in writing them.  For more, visit: http://bit.ly/18IN3ly

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

An Interview with Norman and Norris Church Mailer

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Norman Mailer, (1923 – 2007),  http://bit.ly/1a1K9TZ  known for his biography of Marilyn Monroe, co-founder of The Village Voice, and two-time recipient of a Pulitzer Prize is joined by his sixth wife, Norris Church Mailer (1949 – 2010),  http://bit.ly/1ez1Xxx , in a candid interview about his life as a writer, husband, father, and his formula for success in writing in this 2001,  9-minute video distributed by CBS Sunday Morning.  For  more, visit:  http://bit.ly/19lroAs

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Nora Ephron Answers the Questions About Writing

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Nora Ephron, master of multimedia productions, answers questions that are commonly posed to writers.  Ms. Ephron passed away June 26, 2012, after managing a professional writing career for over 50 years.  

Known for such movies as “Julie and Julia,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “Heartburn,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Mixed Nuts,” and “Silkwood” she also chronicled books on later-in-life issues such as “I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections,” “I Feel Bad about My Neck,: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” and  “Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women.” For more about her, visit: http://bit.ly/18GrAK1   

You can watch her 6-minute You Tube interview, brought to you by authormagazine.org,  and relevant to this blog post here:  http://bit.ly/1d1aqq0

Merry Christmas!