Essay Topic 1
Describe the biographical history of John Gardner. How did he come to writing? What was his childhood like? Where did he study?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the career of Raymond Carver. How did he come to study with John Gardner? What does he relate of his experiences as Gardner's student?
Essay Topic 3
What does Gardner mean in Chapter 1 when he refers to "verbal sensitivity"? What does this phrase mean and not mean to the author?
Essay Topic 4
Compare the language and characterizations of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and John Updike. How do these authors approach character differently?
Essay Topic 5
What does Gardner write about the sense of perception and the ability of writers to create characters unlike themselves? What authors does he remark are excellent at this task?
Essay Topic 6
Describe Gardner's thoughts on William Faulkner. What does Gardner write about his use of dialect and language? Does...
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