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Phillip Lopate

Autor(a) de The Art of the Personal Essay

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About the Author

Phillip Lopate is the author of more than a dozen books, including three personal essay collections, Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, and Portrait of My Body; and Waterfront. He directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
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(eng) Correct spelling of author's first name is Phillip, not Philip. .

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Obras de Phillip Lopate

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Editor; Contribuinte — 1,388 cópias, 9 resenhas
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Editor — 284 cópias, 4 resenhas
American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now (2006) — Editor — 284 cópias, 1 resenha
Waterfront, a Journey around Manhattan (2004) 208 cópias, 3 resenhas
Against Joie de Vivre (1989) 108 cópias, 4 resenhas
Portrait Inside My Head: Essays (2013) 77 cópias, 2 resenhas
Portrait of My Body (1996) 71 cópias, 1 resenha
Bachelorhood: Tales of the Metropolis (1981) 63 cópias, 2 resenhas
Notes on Sontag (2009) 56 cópias, 1 resenha
Two Marriages (2008) 54 cópias, 11 resenhas
The Rug Merchant (1987) 49 cópias, 5 resenhas
Being With Children (1975) 42 cópias, 1 resenha
Rudy Burckhardt (2004) 31 cópias
The Daily Round (1976) 4 cópias
Spicy Meatball 3 cópias
Segundo matrimonio 2008 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Rereadings (2005) — Contribuinte — 683 cópias, 15 resenhas
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Contribuinte — 457 cópias, 3 resenhas
Irretrievable (1892) — Posfácio, algumas edições285 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Best American Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuinte — 227 cópias, 7 resenhas
The Best American Essays 1987 (1987) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
Brooklyn Was Mine (2008) — Introdução — 64 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Malaparte: A House Like Me (1999) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias, 1 resenha
Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity (1996) — Prefácio, algumas edições47 cópias, 2 resenhas
New Worlds 5 (1973) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
Toward the Livable City (2003) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film (1996) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry (2009) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1974 (1974) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Lives of the Hudson (2010) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
American Review 25 (1976) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Telephone 9 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



I recommend this book as an up to date (2005) meditation on and description of the Manhattan shoreline. Mr. Lopate has some intelligent insights as he circumnavigates the island on foot. He is an acute observer and critic of the city's architecture and its design; he is in no way hostile to all and sundry, but notes where buildings and parks are in sympathy with their surrounds, and where the mark has been missed.
The abandonment of shipping and commerce on the Hudson and East Rivers has been the major discontinuity for the Manhattan perimeter. The rethinking of how the littoral should be repurposed and redesigned is a work in progress. Lopate's hope is for greater access to the water's edge, for so long unavailable for so much of its length.
Along his walk, which is not without its interruptions, the writer (who is primarily an essayist, not an architect) provides much incidental background to that rich history of the island and its hustling maritime legacy. Among other subjects, he discusses teredo worms, the power brokers, especially Robert Moses, the Fulton Fish Market, the Washington and Brooklyn Bridges, Captain Kidd, and public housing (with some praise it should added).
If you're an NYC citizen, read it and you might get interested further in your great city. If not, you'll still be better informed about it.
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ivanfranko | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 16, 2024 |
Effective, thought-provoking. A supplement that works best when used with a wide range of sample essays and writing prompts. One of the best parts of reading Lopate is his transparency when it comes to his own prejudices when it comes to approaches. The discussions in the classroom help students on either side of an idea to assess their own approaches and to be more deliberate in what they set out to accomplish.
DAGray08 | outras 4 resenhas | Jan 1, 2024 |
Literature written for and about New York is organized in chronological order in Writing New York: a Literary Anthology. In the diary of Philip Hone you will read about a child abandoned on his doorstep. Henry David Thoreau goes wandering around Staten Island looking for nature. You will read the day-long observations of Nathaniel Parker Willis. Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener has a place. Fanny Fern, also known as Sara Payson Willis, contributes as the first woman newspaper columnist in the United States. You'll learn that O. Henry started writing fiction in prison. James Huneker will tell you about the New York public urban parks: Battery, Corlears, Gramercy, Bronx, and Central, to name a few. Charles Reznikoff would walk twenty miles a day and by default find interesting material for his poetry. E.B. White chimes in. William Carlos Williams was called the "bard of Rutherford, New Jersey", but he wrote about New York City with such eloquence. You will read a fraction of a biography of LaGuardia by Robert Moses and hear from Henry Miller, William Burroughs, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, and so many more.… (mais)
SeriousGrace | Oct 22, 2023 |
Writing about yourself seems like an incredibly easy task at first. Doing so in a way that captures the attention of an audience, however, is in truth quite difficult. Augustine of Hippo wrote his psychologically probing Confessions at the end of the fourth century CE and opened up the world of conveying a message with one’s life story. Ambitious authors have been doing so ever since, and the rate of personal nonfiction writing is only increasing in recent decades. In these reflections, writing professor Phillip Lopate explores effective ways to do this by looking at how great historical and recent authors did this.

The title of this book is accurate, but some of the promotional hype is not. This is not a “nuts-and-bolts” treatment of writing literary nonfiction. Its form is not like a writing workshop, and those who look for practical, actionable pointers will be let down. Instead, Lopate provides authors’ stories to convey his lessons. This illustrates the art while teasing out its underlying methods. Although a replay of literary history might at first sound boring, this master teacher knows how to keep readers engaged with their hearts and heads while conveying the information.

Lopate shares brief, eloquent biographies of authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Baldwin through their personal writings. Though all centered around individual knowledge, related genres vary from personal essays to memoirs. Interested writers cannot acquire academic credentials every time to write a book, so composing nonfiction requires a broader understanding of how knowledge can be gained and an appreciation of the limits of one’s knowledge. Learning to do this by understanding past masters provides the most effective way of mastering this craft.

This book interests and engages readers first. It’s simply not boring. Again, those looking for an analytical treatment will be let down because this work itself shows how “to show and to tell.” Writers of nonfiction can learn much from this master. Those left wanting to learn more can consult the extensive bibliography at the end of the book for beneficial deep dives. Even when the material became a bit dense, Lopate’s storytelling took over and carried me safe and sound unto the end. I’m glad I read this book.
… (mais)
scottjpearson | outras 4 resenhas | Oct 20, 2023 |



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