Points of View: Revised Edition マスマーケット – 1995/8/1
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Since its original publication in 1966, this volume has attained classic status. Now its contents have been updated and its cultural framework enlarged by the orginal editors. Many of the 44 stories come from a new writing generation with a contemporary consciousness, and this brilliant blending of masters of the past and the brightest talents of the present achieves the goal of making a great collection even greater.
James Moffett is an author and educator. His works include Points of Departure, Points of View, Teaching the Universe of Discourse, and Storm in the Mountains, among many others. The recipient of the California Association of Teachers of English's Distinguished Author Award and the Carnegie Corporation Grant, Moffett has taught at Harvard; San Diego State University; University of California, Berkeley; and Middlebury College.
When I was in High School, I read this particular copy of this book. I was taking a writing class several years ago when I mentioned this book, unaware that it had been revised. The teacher hadn't heard of it, but he bought the revised version and loved it. I also purchased the revised edition and enjoyed the diversity of the stories.from what I remembered the original to be. Out of curiosity, I purchased another copy of the original and still enjoyed it. (roughly 40% of the original stories have been replaced with more diverse stories) The original was used in an all boy's school in the 1950s and 1960s so the stories replaced in the new version are more diverse (for both women and minorities) Several of the replacement stories reveal how writing has changed in those last 40 years. There are more authors who are currently popular.
But. This anthology still stands well on its own if you bear in mind what audience it was put together for. The strategy of putting stories in a sequence from interior monologue in first person through various methods of first person narration through third person limited to complete omniscient third person narration is one that should become much more familiar to literature teachers and professors all over.
The person who was teaching the writing class I attended had an MFA from the Iowa School and I was shocked that he was not more familiar with this book. I would state that anyone who is serious about writing should have well thumbed copies of several books on their reference shelf. This should be one of those books.
My favorite so far is "Stone Boy".
This book is a keeper. It belongs in the collection of any serious writer.