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The Erotics of Restraint

Essays on Literary Form

by Douglas Glover

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In his fourth book on writing, Glover draws on his long career as a fiction writer, essayist, and mentor to consider literary form from three angles: the techniques writers use to compose fiction, a craft-based approach to reading, and the analysis of texts by masters ranging from Jane Austen to Albert Camus to the great Polish experimentalist Witold Gombrowicz. Equal parts writing instruction and literary criticism, many of these essays evolved from lectures delivered at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program, while others embark on a new kind of literary criticism, at once both formalist and empathetic, which shows how form and theme are woven together to create art. A practical and illuminating guide from the writer Wall Street Journal calls “a master of narrative structure.”

About the Author
Douglas Glover
Born in 1948 on a tobacco farm in Ontario, writer and critic Douglas Glover is the author of many works of fiction including Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon (1985). He currently lives and teaches in upper New York State.
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Douglas Glover has published four novels, five story collections, and three works of nonfiction. His novel Elle won the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted for the stage by Severn Thompson and premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and Best American Short Stories. He edited the annual Best Canadian Stories from 1996 to 2006 and published the literary magazine Numéro Cinq from 2010-2017.

 

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Praise for Douglas Glover

“Glover is a master of narrative structure.” — Wall Street Journal

“So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into … the author’s poetic grace.” —The New Yorker

“Every literate person in the country should be reading Glover’s essays” —Globe and Mail

“Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart … a direction for future literary criticism to take.” —Denver Quarterly

“Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny.” —Maclean’s

“Passionately intricate.” —Chicago Tribune

“Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Impressive, enjoyable, and highly instructive … This is not literary craft reduced to statistical formulae and write-by-the-numbers word-bytes. Glover’s admirable ability and patient willingness to cast a careful—not cold—eye on what makes sentences hum and flow is fueled by a vital, infectious fascination with words, enabling him to reveal the inspired, alchemical, verbal concatenation at work in the most alluring and memorable fiction writing.”—Review of Contemporary Fiction

“For the budding writer, Attack of the Copula Spiders offers an excellent primer on the basics; the practiced writer will glean so much more from Glover’s wonderful literary experience.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

“Douglas Glover, the award-winning Canadian writer of fiction, short stories and essays carries within him a huge sense of duty both to the craft of writing and to the language … I stand before it in awe … This is a book for all writers and for any creative writing class syllabus.” —Telegraph-Journal

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