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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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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

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch QuoteImage by embeemb via Flickr

Brief biographical notes

Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999), was a British —born in Dublin, but Oxford-educated— novelist, university lecturer, and philosophic writer who grappled with serious ethical or moral issues. Her background in the classics, ancient history, and philosophy, made her a well-rounded scholar. Murdoch took up a postgraduate studentship in philosophy under Ludwig Wittgenstein, and in 1948 she was elected a fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, where she worked as a tutor until 1963.

How to become a writer

Her novelistic success brought her financial success, enabling her to dedicate the rest of her life to writing. And even though she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease (at the end of her life) she continued to write. Her editors were often intimidated by her towering intellectual presence and were reluctant to change anything she turned in. As a result, some of her work showed redundancies and other imperfections that marred what could have been masterpieces.

The Bell

Critics and scholars generally agree that The Bell is Iris Murdoch's best novel. The protagonist is Michael Meade, an ex-priest, schoolteacher, and latent homosexual tortured by his closeted feelings. The novel portrays an Anglican religious and insular community in Gloucestershire engaged in the mundane action of replacing a bell to be hung in an abbey tower. After much travail and difficulties, the task remains incomplete when the bell suddenly falls into the water and sinks without a trace.
The characters in this unstable —though apparently happy— community represent a cross section of humanity torn asunder in the end by the arrival of outsiders: Dora Greenfield (an unhappy wife) and Toby Gashe, a young man who finds himself attracted to both Dora and Michael Meade.

Other Works

Fiction

Murdoch published her first novel Under the Net in 1954, in which she portrayed Jack Donaghue, a sort of existentialist hero. Another novel followed, A Severed Head (1961), which experimented with Jungian archetypes and Freudian theories of sexuality much in vogue at the time. In The Red and The Green (1965) Murdoch turns to Irish history, chronicling the Easter Rebellion in Dublin. In The Time of the Angels (1965) Murdoch explored devil worship. By manipulating time-fragmented narration, Murdoch creates a hybrid worl in which contemporary characters interact in a medieval accidental world. The Black Prince (1973) is another experimental novel in which the narrator is an aesthete- writer. The Good Apprentice (1985) was uses the problem of good and evil as the protagonist’s battlefront.  The Sea, The Sea, may just be Iris Murdoch’s other major work.

Philosophical works

In Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992) and her collection of essays, The Sovereignty of Good and Other Concepts (1967), readers encounter the deep and thoughtful side of an anguished writer reaching for enlightenment. Her book Existentialists and Mystics includes a long essay entitled “The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists,” which is a careful meditation on reinstating the arts as rightful means to truth.

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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