The Writing of One Novel Author:Irving Wallace One of the most successful writers of our day reveals the complete evolution of his writing of one novel -- THE PRIZE -- from its beginnings as a dream to its overwhelming success. — In THE WRITING OF ONE NOVEL, Irving Wallace shows how this basic idea for a novel about the Nobel Prize awards took form over sixteen years. To develop his fiction,... more » Wallace reveals how he uncovered explosive facts: that Andre Gide's homosexuality denied him the prize for years; that anti-Seminitism got Albert Einstein the award for the wrong discovery; that D'Annunzio's scandalous love affairs kept the honor from him; that William Faulkner's friends feard he would be drunk at the ceremony; that one renowned Nobel judge, asked why James Joyce never got the award, replied, "Who is he?" Confessing how much material inspired his novel, Wallace goes on to tell of the persistent detective work, the false starts, the many drafts, the behind-the-scenes publishing drama.
Seldom has there been a book that illuminates the profession of authorship so frankly; seldom has a writer spoken out so openly about his own work, his own feelings, his own triumphs.« less