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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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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

Monday, March 7, 2011

How to Become a Writer: Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser, 1933 by Henry Varnum Poor, O...Image by cliff1066™ via Flickr
Brief biographical notes
Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, the ninth of ten surviving children.  His father had emigrated from Mayen, Germany in 1844, marrying Sarah, the daughter of a Mennonite family that had come to Ohio from Pennsylvania; he was seventeen and Sarah twenty-nine. From Ohio they moved to Indiana, where the family, for two decades, prospered in the wool mill business. But disaster hit home. A fire destroyed the mill, and the economic depression of 1870 brought the family hard times.

Dreiser's childhood wasn’t easy by any means, as he was to recount in his memoirs.

Besieged by lack of stability he had no opportunities to get a formal education. He never finished high school. Much of the wisdom one sees in his novels he acquired by reading and later by his experience as a journalist. Yet he never despaired and fought for what he thought was right, engaging in many feuds with censors, critics, and publishers.  Towards the end of his life, weakened by his many battles, he died of heart failure on December 28, 1945.

His latter years he spent in relative fame, befriended, and admired, and financially secure.

How to become a writer

Just as the French writer Zola was the leader of Naturalism in French letters, Dreiser became the leading practi­tioner of the school of writing called "naturalism" in America. Naturalism depicted a deterministic form of realism from which characters could not escape despite their efforts. By many critics’ accounts, Dreiser’s claim to fame is his originality, which he defended often to his detriment.

Because of censorship and lack of publicity, his first novel Sister Carrie was declared “D.O.A” — dead on arrival. Neither fame nor glory, or even less riches accrued to the embattled author. All that Dreiser gained was a tough reputation as defender of freedom of expression.

Main works

Dreiser's first novel, Sister Carrie (1900), focuses on a young woman who survives and gets ahead in the world as a concubine. The novel proved to be too risqué for a publishing house dominated by prude and timorous editors. An abridged version was published in England, a version that was well received by reviewers and critics. Such a victory propelled Dreiser to international acclaim.

In An American Tragedy (1925), Dreiser's most celebrated novel, gives a harrowing account of a murder and its consequences. Violence, sex, and unbridled ambition made the novel a best seller. Yet, not everyone was for it. Prudes and crusaders managed to ban the novel in many places.

The two film versions of the novel helped to extend the shelf-life of An American Tragedy.  And if I am not mistaken there’s talk of a third version being contemplated by Hollywood.

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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