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The Found Voice: Writers' Beginnings

Denis Sampson


The five essays in this book investigate a key work early in the careers of V.S. Naipaul, Alice Munro, J.M. Coetzee, Mavis Gallant and William Trevor. Each of these major writers of fiction found what they variously called ‘the writing voice’, ‘the voice in my head’, ‘the voice of the mind’ ‘[my] own voice’, or a ‘true voice’. Their mature achievement as artists depended on that earlier period of creative synthesis that led to an unprecedented kind of articulation. The circumstances of creation are reconstructed for Naipaul’s writing of Miguel Street, Coetzee’s Dusklands, Gallant’s Green Water ... More

Keywords: Naipaul, Munro, Gallant, Trevor, Coetzee, Fiction, Literary, biography, Writing voice, Creative breakthrough

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198752998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Sampson, author
Independent scholar