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Erotics of Restraint, The
Essays on Literary Form
By (author): Douglas Glover
Douglas Glover


Biblioasis - Windsor



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Aug 13, 2019
$21.95 CAD


8.25in x 5.25 x 0.56 in | 384 gr

Page Count:

224 pages
Literature: history and criticism|Literary essays

A practical and illuminating guide to reading and writing fiction by the writer Wall Street Journal calls "A master of narrative structure."

In his fourth book on writing, Glover draws on his long career as a fiction writer, essayist, and mentor to consider literary form from three angles: the techniques writers use to compose fiction, a craft-based approach to reading, and the analysis of texts by masters ranging from Jane Austen to Albert Camus to the great Polish experimentalist Witold Gombrowicz. Equal parts writing instruction and literary criticism, many of these essays evolved from lectures delivered at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program, while others embark on a new kind of literary criticism, at once both formalist and empathetic, which shows how form and theme are woven together to create art. A practical and illuminating guide from the writer Wall Street Journal calls “a master of narrative structure.”

Douglas Glover has published four novels, five story collections, and three works of nonfiction. His novel Elle won the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was adapted for the stage by Severn Thompson and premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and Best American Short Stories. He edited the annual Best Canadian Stories from 1996 to 2006 and published the literary magazine Numéro Cinq from 2010-2017.

• Print run: 2000
• Co-op available
• Advance reader copies 
• North American TV & radio campaign: CBC Sunday Edition, Next Chapter, Writers & Co 
• National print campaign: Canadian Notes and Queries, Literary Review of Canada, Quill & Quire, The Walrus; Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press 
• Online and social media campaign: CBC Books. GIveaways through Edelweiss, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.
• E-book available same date as print edition, e-book ISBN included on press materials and websites and promoted via social media 
• Excerpts in Electric Lit, Brooklyn Vol 1
• Promotion through author’s website: http://douglasglover.net
• Attendance at AWP

Praise for The Erotics of Restraint: Essays on Literary Form

“His deep analysis of great works of fiction is more like the study of, say, quantum physics...comprehending the underpinnings of our existence in relation to the evolution of storytelling creates perspective that leads to mindfulness, an understanding of what resonates in the human psyche—what words, what phrases, what desires...it empowers [writers] to create works of deeper, more effective meaning, works that engage on both conscious and subconscious levels.”— Orca

“The collection is a fascinating journey through literature, philosophy, form, and the connection we all feel when we encounter incredible writing.”— Fiction Writer's Review

Praise for Douglas Glover

“Glover is a master of narrative structure.” — Wall Street Journal

“So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into … the author’s poetic grace.” — The New Yorker

“Every literate person in the country should be reading Glover’s essays” — The Globe & Mail

“Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart … a direction for future literary criticism to take.” — The Denver Quarterly

“Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny.” — Maclean’s

“Passionately intricate.” — The Chicago Tribune

“Few experiences in life are as great as reading towering writers like Jane Austen and Alice Munro. As a critic, Douglas Glover does something astonishing: he makes that experience even better. By reading Glover you become a better reader, more alive to the nuance, music, and sheer richness of the best writing. He's a critic who elevates reading itself into an art form.”— Jeet Heer

“Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Impressive, enjoyable, and highly instructive … This is not literary craft reduced to statistical formulae and write-by-the-numbers word-bytes. Glover’s admirable ability and patient willingness to cast a careful—not cold—eye on what makes sentences hum and flow is fueled by a vital, infectious fascination with words, enabling him to reveal the inspired, alchemical, verbal concatenation at work in the most alluring and memorable fiction writing.” — Review of Contemporary Fiction

“For the budding writer, Attack of the Copula Spiders offers an excellent primer on the basics; the practiced writer will glean so much more from Glover’s wonderful literary experience.” — The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Douglas Glover, the award-winning Canadian writer of fiction, short stories and essays carries within him a huge sense of duty both to the craft of writing and to the language … I stand before it in awe … This is a book for all writers and for any creative writing class syllabus.” — Telegraph-Journal

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