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The Joy of Writing Sex

Benedict, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 1884910211 / ISBN 13: 9781884910210
Published by Story Press, Cincinnati, 1996
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guidance on writing a sex scene in a book that works. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 018229

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Title: The Joy of Writing Sex

Publisher: Story Press, Cincinnati

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The author has explored sensuality in her own novels with great success. So, in The Joy of Writing Sex, she deftly covers all the issues head-on--from dealing with "internal consorts" to writing about sex in the age of AIDS. Accompanying her instruction are spirited opinions by John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Carol Shields, Russell Banks, and many other prestigious writers.

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Even though writing about sex probably ranks on the joy scale somewhere between reading about it and having it, Elizabeth Benedict feels that many writers don't do justice to the act. So she has developed a novel idea: a guide book for fiction writers seeking to create better sex scenes. Benedict, a teacher in Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, doesn't concern herself with pornography but rather with a contention that sex scenes are pivotal in carrying the plot, story and character of some novels. Her point is emphasized through many interviews she conducted with authors on their experience with and views on writing about sex. Now, if she would only visit the film industry . . .

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