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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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My best sellers are my translations of La Dame aux Camelias and Madam Bovary

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All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK













All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Saturday, March 5, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at age 69, painted ...Image via Wikipedia

Brief Biographical notes

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832), German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, and philosopher, was born in Frankfurt am Main. Influenced and encouraged by his mother, he enrolled (when he was 16 years old) at Leipzig University (1765-68) to study law. Although he practiced law fully—in Frankfurt and Wetzlar— he also kept a parallel career as a literary writer.  

In Weimar, when he was about 35 years old, he fell in love with Charlotte von Stein, an older married woman. This odd relationship caused him to neglect literary production and other studies, dedicating his time to civic affairs.  Later he traveled through Europe, with stays in Italy and France.

In 1812 Goethe met the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven in Teplitz, Beethoven declaring that he was an admirer of Goethe’s work.

A reversal of his early love affair —at 35 years of age— happened when he was 74 years old: Goethe fell in love with 19-year old Ulrike von Levetzow. Obsessed with her, he followed her with high hopes from Marienbad to Karlsbad, only to return to Weimar empty handed and disappointed.

How to become a writer

Despite of his growing up in an orderly household, Goethe's youth was hectic and emotionally draining, but he found an outlet to his turbulent internal life in literature. AT age 25, Goethe was already famous with the publication of The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). In Werther he created the prototype of the romantic hero whose life would end in despair and suicide.

Goethe was recognized as the leader of the Sturm und Drang, which celebrated the warm energy of the body and the spirit, moving away from the cold rationalism of the Enlightenment.

Although Werther was a resounding success, his better and more serious work is is the poetic drama Faust.

Faust

Ever since Goethe was a child and saw a puppet show in which one of the puppets was Faust, his interest in old man Faust never waned, making the writing of the poem a lifetime project.

Part 1 he started in his early twenties, completing it thirty years later. It deals with the legend of Faust as an individual, with his love for Margaret, with his soul, with the old man as a seeker, with Mephistopheles’ temptations.

Part 2 is more universal, as it grapples with Western humanity, alluding to Homer, Helen, and the classical world.

Not only was Goethe a literary figure, but he was a politician and a polymath—"the last Universal Man."

To become a writer I write essays every day. Since English is my second language, in writing essays I consult Mary Duffy's Sentence Openers. When I write fiction --or fiction writing of novels and short stories-- I consult Toolbox for Writers.

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