This collection of essays describes the genesis of ten classic
works of American literature. Using biographical, cultural, and
manuscript evidence, the contributors tell the "stories of
stories," plotting the often curious and always interesting ways in
which notable American books took shape in a writer's mind.
The genetic approach taken in these essays derives from a
curiosity, and sometimes a feeling of awe, about how a work of
literature came to exist -- what motivated its creation, informed
its vision, urged its completion. It is just that sort of wonder
that first brings some people to love writers and their books.
Originally published in 1990.
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