Reading Like a Writer
Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose is a fascinating book for any writer who's also a keen reader. Chapters analyse models from mainly, but not exclusively, American works using a method called 'close reading'. The author says this approach was one she learned at college instead of the old way. This privileged context, so biographical and historical details assumed more importance than the text itself. While I don't think one precludes the other, the approach is one I used when I did my Eng Lit degree.
'Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading'.