The Birth of a Story
Hogarth Press - Chatto & Windus
In The Birth of a Story a master of the short story form asks himself why and how one of his short stories came to be written. The author is William Ansom and he has reconstructed the stages by which the initial germ of an idea developed into the story called No Smoking on the Apron.
With the aid of pages reproduced from the original manuscript and typescript William Sansom has provided new insight into the creative process, not in the usual remote terms of critical analysis but through self-questioning. The detailed detective work which he has done on his own imaginative response to life reveas the way in which the artists changes and extends our perception of the world around us.