Items related to A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life

A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life

3.75 avg rating
( 56 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780767903981: A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 
Frederick Busch, one of America's most distinguished novelists, has had an enduring love affair with great books and with the difficult, and sometimes personally dangerous, work that is required to produce them. For Busch, as he writes of his own career and those of his great elders, Dickens, Melville, Hemingway, and others, there was to be no other recourse save the dangerous profession. Writing out of an experience of risk that is suffused with affection, Busch brilliantly explores the hazards of the writing life and its effect on the achievement of benchmark writers.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:
Part memoir, part literary criticism, novelist Frederick Busch's A Dangerous Profession could serve as a warning to post on the door of every creative-writing program in the nation. Take, for instance, Busch on the glamour of the writer's life: "Yes, the thrill of rising at 5:30 a.m. and writing in the dark cold, or typing late at night after jobs that eat our hearts and livers..." Or Busch on the literary marketplace: "Something that is part of the gift is also a compulsion: that we seek the darkness, not the light; that we serve up grindings of glass in blood sauce rather than the Fifth Avenue soufflé most readers want." Or, finally, Busch on the attitude of the world at large to writers: "...we are the enemy."

What drives people to an activity so manifestly difficult, unprofitable, and against common sense? The author of 21 books, Busch illustrates the ancient need to tell stories by reflecting on writers as varied as Melville, Dickens, Kafka, and Graham Greene. Busch is a perceptive reader as well as an accomplished writer, and it's a pleasure to read criticism so clearly passionate about books as art and not just ideas. The most moving part of A Dangerous Profession, however, is that in which Busch meditates on his own sources of inspiration, including the complex and elusive figure of his own father. There is a little bit of oh-pity-the-suffering writer here, but not a lot--and, in fact, much more of oh-pity-the-suffering-writer's-wife (husbands not included, since Busch doesn't have one). Eclectic, witty, and never less than stunningly written, A Dangerous Profession is a memorable tribute to the rewards as well as the rigors of the writing life. --Mary Park

About the Author:
Frederick Busch is the author of six story collections and twelve novels, most recently The Night Inspector. He has been honored for his fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Prize for achievement in the short story. The Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University, he lives in upstate New York.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780312192556: A Dangerous Profession : A Book About the Writing Life

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  ISBN 13:  9780312192556
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 1998
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 0767903986-11-25134421

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.81
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Softcover Quantity: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 349078-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.18
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Broadway Books 12/1/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback or Softback Quantity: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Dangerous Profession: A Book about the Writing Life. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780767903981

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Frederick Busch
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback Quantity: > 20
Seller:
Welcome Back Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: NEW. Clean and crisp and new!. Seller Inventory # 3531144630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Frederick Busch
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY), United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback Quantity: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Frederick Busch, one of America's most distinguished novelists, has had an enduring love affair with great books and with the difficult, and sometimes personally dangerous, work that is required to produce them. For Busch, as he writes of his own career and those of his great elders, Dickens, Melville, Hemingway, and others, there was to be no other recourse save the dangerous profession. Writing out of an experience of risk that is suffused with affection, Busch brilliantly explores the hazards of the writing life and its effect on the achievement of benchmark writers. Seller Inventory # APC9780767903981

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Broadway Books (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Newport Bookstore
(Pflugerville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # newport0767903986

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenDragon
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. new. Seller Inventory # GoldenDragon0767903986

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Paperback Quantity: 1
Seller:
GoldenWavesOfBooks
(Fayetteville, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. new. Seller Inventory # Holz_New_0767903986

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.60
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Busch, Frederick
Published by Crown (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New Softcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GF Books, Inc.
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0767903986-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Frederick Busch
Published by Broadway Books (1999)
ISBN 10: 0767903986 ISBN 13: 9780767903981
New PAP Quantity: 15
Print on Demand
Seller:
PBShop.store US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780767903981

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.33
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book