Academic journal article et Cetera

A Dangerous Profession: A Book about the Writing Life

Academic journal article et Cetera

A Dangerous Profession: A Book about the Writing Life

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Frederick Busch. A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life. New York. St. Martin's Press, 1998.

In this well written and very interesting two-part book Frederick Busch, the author of 21 other books, and a professor of literature at Colgate University, talks about what it is that compels writers to write novels.

The first section of his book concentrates on Busch's own experiences as a writer and includes his early years of poverty and struggle when he wrote in a tiny apartment with a typewriter perched on the edge of a bathtub. In those years he kept a list of the prominent publishers who had rejected Malcolm Lowry's manuscript of Under the Volcano and took comfort in comparing it with a parallel list of publishers who had turned down his first manuscript - "... (we) were brother sufferers and therefore brother writers." He also talks about his wife's loyalty and support during those difficult times and describes the money that came from writing as "a letter from the world to an author about his work. …

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