This engaging and accessible book examines the world of seven contemporary, popular American women writers and their individual use of wit as a subtle and effective strategy to engage, or "control", the reader. A chapter is devoted to each of the seven writers - Lisa Alther, Rita Mae Brown, Nora Ephron, Shirley Jackson, Alison Lurier, Grace Paley, and Anne Tyler - and discusses their writings and their use of wit in the context of their lives. An opening chapter frames wit and control in psychological realities, and a concluding chapter summarizes the power of wit. A bibliography of the writers' works is also included, making this an ideal introduction and companion to these writers and their works.
Forerunners:Dorothy Parker, Dawn Powell, Betty MacDonald Nora Ephron:All You Ever Wanted to Know About Control (But Feared You'd Appear too Manipulative if You Asked) Shirley Jackson:"In the Country of the Story, the Writer is King" Alison Lurie:"Writing was a Kind of Witch's Spell" Grace Paley:"The Ear is Smarter Than the Eye" Anne Tyler:Seeing Through a "Mist of Irony" Lisa Alther:Playing for the Laugh:Comic Control in Kinflicks Rita Mae Brown:"An Equal Opportunity Offender" Conclusion:What Wit Controlled Bibliography