Reading Like a Writer CD - Francine Prose, Nanette Savard I know I read this book several years ago but I can't find it in my book diary. Nevertheless, the first chapter and the chapter on Chekhov ("Learning From Chekhov") alone deserve 4 stars (as an ardent admirer of Chekhov, I may be biased regarding the latter chapter).

I also found a new author that sounds interesting: Heinrich von Kleist.

Actually, I can't say anything about this book better than my GR friend Shannon's review - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39934 - she nails it in her usual perceptive and eloquent way.

The only cavil I'll make is in regards to the audio version: Prose likes to quote extensively from her favorite authors to illustrate her points. To read it is not difficult but to hear it tends to drag, making it hard to pay attention.