I purchased this book, looking for insight, wisdom, and a bit of advice from someone who has been around the writing block a little while. Though, it seems, I purchased the wrong book. I am a 21 year old american male, and i suppose that is why I could not identify with a Canadian born, female author who spends quite a bit of the book relaying how difficult it was for her starting out in the 60's and 70's. Most of the things she discussed are issues long since resolved in the open minded times we now live in. I suppose someone a bit older than myself may have a completely different outlook, based entirly on their own life experiences. But, as it stands, I suffered through this book. Another drawback to it, was her endless references to obscure passages to books long before our time. She quoted many books I have never heard of, therefore I missed the point she was trying to make entirely. So, if you have a few years under your belt, and are very well versed in 19ths century literature, have a crack at it, but as for me, im glad i can move on to something new to read.