|Pages/Publication Date:||2016 / 343|
What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald use first-person narration in The Great Gatsby? And how did Tolstoy rivet our attention in Anna Kareninaby having Levin and Kitty chalk initials on a card table? Publisher and ace editor Richard Cohen looks back on a lifetime of reading and shaping stories to offer expert insight into what makes good prose soar. Here are Gabriel García Márquez's thoughts on how to start a novel ("In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book"); Virginia Woolf offering her definition of style ("It is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words"); and Kurt Vonnegut on writing guides ("Rules only take us so far, even good rules").