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A Killing Frost - 427 words
John Marsden's A Killing Frost passes all three of my tests (and please forgive my purposefully hazy focus on "good writing", but I must have some quirks as a book reviewer!). Sensory detail pervades this novel of war, told from the point of view of a teenager who, with her friends, becomes a partisan against an intractable enemy that has invaded her homeland. The homeland in question is Australia, and we are treated to a gorgeous anthology of landscapes and how they affect the characters, from the deep Outback to farmlands, to shorelands to paddocks, to hills. The Australian terrain is a character all in itself: sometimes an enemy, as the characters struggle through the bush, but also a fri ...
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Kindred - 439 words
Kindred was the very first book by Octavia Butler that I read. Unlike many science-fiction writers, she spends no time discussing the dynamics of time travel, which for a tale of this emotional magnitude, is a good thing. Kindred is hard book to read and it leaves you with so many questions; I have never looked at history in quite the same way. That is the hallmark of good writing, when it leaves you with much to think about. Also, Octavia Butler was the only black woman writing science fiction at the time, and so she became a role model to me. I don't normally enjoy science fiction novels, but this story was a major exception due to the fact that it was so interesting and I was really intri ...
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The Loman Family And Their Problems Of The Spirit - 1,739 words
The Loman Family and Their Problems of the Spirit. In his 1950 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, William Faulkner lamented the dearth of problems of the spirit in modern literature and pointed out the importance of the old universal truthslove and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice in weaving a successful, meaningful story. Faulkner placed these human traits into a genus all their own and labeled it the human heart in conflict with itself. Part of the reason Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman remains relevant more than fifty years after its first publication is that the story embodies all of Faulkners universal truths. The Loman family is the archetype of the human heart ...
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Uncle Toms Cabin - 469 words
Tompkins, Jane P. Sentimental Power: Uncle Toms Cabin and The Politics of Literary History. Glyph 2 (1978) This essay is an incredible wealth of knowledge for someone who wants to write a paper on why Uncle Toms Cabin is so significant. The author had actually lived in Harriet Beecher Stowes half-sisters basement during a difficult time in her life (501). She explains why many people, including herself, do not see this novel as being the most important book of the century (504). Her explanation for this is that Stowe did not follow the canon of books that were produced during her time. Her books was said to be like any other woman writers, a cultural evil (503). Tompkins gives a background o ...
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James Fenimore Cooperthe Historian - 1,212 words
James Fenimore Cooper--The Historian James Fenimore Cooper is, in his own right, a historian. Cooper is responsible for passing on views of early America that will never be available to us again. He helped many Americans view Indians and other ethnic groups as people and not savages. Historical events greatly influenced Coopers writing. Time periods such as the Revolutionary war and the American exploration of the West were often the backgrounds for Coopers most successful novels. Novels such as The Spy, The Pioneers, and The Last of the Mohicans all possessed these qualities, and as a The Spy was Coopers second novel and first success. Many readers felt that The Spy possessed a quality of r ...
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The Right Way To Write - 800 words
Two essays have chosen different paths to show how to correctly write. Peter Elbow's essay "Freewriting" is almost the exact opposite of Donald Murray's essay 'The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscript", yet how can they both claim that their way is the best way to use when writing. In today's world neither one seems to be very practical unless you are an author or someone with a lot of time on their hands. For the purpose of this essay editing will be the key to a well written paper, and this approach seems to favor Murray. Editing your paper is the most important, because nobody appreciates a writers capabilities if their papers are filled with numerous mistakes and unfinished ideas. F ...
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Being A Paralegal - 1,720 words
The [paralegal] field [has] an overdose of terminology: lay practitioner, sublegals and paralegals, legal paraprofessionals, legal executive, legal service assistant, lay advocate, legal nurse, legal technician, legal counselor, lay councilor, lay representative, lay assistant, and so forth(Fins 2). Regardless of what one labels the profession, paralegals are assistants to lawyers. When I was a freshman my class did a project on law and the legal system. I was a defense attorney. All of the work that we did leading up to the mock trial was fun and enjoyable, but then when it came time to present our case in court I didnt feel that comfortable with the actual presentation of the cases. Thats ...
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Curriculum Vitae - 1,196 words
... qual importance? What other duties are expected? Prior to arriving for an interview for that position, it is essential to find out as much as you can so that you will be able to present your credentials as effectively as possible. How can you differentiate yourself from the many good applicants applying for the position? What points will draw attention to you as a worthwhile candidate to interview? There is a fine line between projecting yourself positively and too aggressively, however, resulting in overkill and a concern about your ability to fit into the department. Personalize your letter by addressing it to the Chair of the Department, with the person's name correctly spelled. A for ...
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Secret To Successful Business Letter - 3,148 words
... element of intrigue. Then, the letter hooks the reader's interest. The hook is often a clear statement of the reader's problems, needs, or wants. For example, if you are writing to a customer who received damaged goods, acknowledge the problem and then offer a solution. Next, create demand. Your letter is an offer of something--a service, a product, goodwill, an agreement, a contract, a compromise, a consultation. Tell the reader how he or she will benefit from your offering. That creates a demand for your product. Finally, call for action. Ask for the order, the signature, the donation, the assignment. What follows are actual examples of how each of these steps has been used in business ...
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Literature? - 1,051 words
... t its foundation level. Characters in a story operate to make the story's movement visible and concrete, in a way that engages a reader's interest. The author, then, needs to be able to make the subtle distinction between what their story is about on that deeper, foundation level, from what is at stake for their characters and what they need to do to set up their plot. When the author is clear about how their story fulfills the reader's needs, what the story is about, and its plot, they still must be able to create characters that act powerfully in the "moment." All characters in well told stories must have strength of purpose. Whether the issue is love, greed, revenge, compassion, hate, ...
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Learning The Writing Business From Book Agents And Editors - 1,086 words
So, you just wrote your first science fiction novel. Your friend read it and told you that you were the next Ray Bradbury or Gene Roddenberry. Your fertile mind fantasizes your name up there on a Borders wall poster right next to images of Isaac Azimov and Jules Verne. Before going off the deep end and equating yourself with Hemingway and Steinbeck, give your ego a stiff reality check. Few of us mortals are literary Mozarts that can plop down in front of a computer screen and author a perfect manuscript the first time around.. Lets get one thing straight right now. You wrote a manuscript and not a book. After an author takes the time and care to read, edit and rewrite the manuscript at least ...
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Alfred Nobel - 476 words
Alfred Nobel The inventor of dynamite was a very important roll to take part in. The ultimate inventor of it was a mane named Alfred Nobel. Before dynamite, miners had to use nitrogen to blow holes in rock and other things. However it is too volatile and can explode incredibly easily. Alfred changed all this. Alfred Nobel was born on October 21st 1833 in Stockholm. He studied their until1842 when his family moved to St. Petersburg in Russia. Since his father was an influential inventor and industrialist the family moved from country to country. Alfred gained the fluency in 5 different languages, Swedish, Russian, English, French, and German, but was always proud of his Swedish Background. In ...
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