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William Zinsser (1922–2015)

Autor(a) de On Writing Well

31+ Works 9,229 Membros 108 Críticas 8 Favorited

About the Author

William Knowlton Zinsser (October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015) was an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher. He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer. Throughout the 1970s, mostrar mais Zinsser taught writing at Yale University. He wrote 18 books, including On Writing Well, which is in its 17th edition. Zinsser died at the age of 92 in Manhattan on May 12, 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: William Zinsser, author of the classic On Writing Well. Copied from On Memoir, Truth and 'Writing Well'.

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Obras por William Zinsser

On Writing Well (1976) 6,771 exemplares
Writing to Learn (1988) 803 exemplares
Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir (1987) — Editor — 493 exemplares
Writing With a Word Processor (1953) 59 exemplares
Spring Training (1989) 56 exemplares
The Writer Who Stayed (2012) 40 exemplares

Associated Works

Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contribuidor — 206 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Writer's Handbook 2005 (2004) — Prefácio — 46 exemplares
The Best American Magazine Writing 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares

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A solid look at writing nonfiction (and writing in general) that covers a lot of ground. Zinsser discusses things like word choice, sentence length, and grammar; he also gives tips on specific kinds of nonfiction writing (travel, memoir, business, science, etc.).

The author includes a lot of real-life writing samples to illustrate his points. Some of these are great, and others are boring (even when Zinsser thinks they're great).

The book is a little long for my taste, but there's a lot of good advice here and I'll definitely return to it in the future.

Note: There are a few curse words.
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RachelRachelRachel | 75 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Useful in that it helped to understand how these successful memoir writers went about their story, their struggles and insights.
 
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Cantsaywhy | 3 outras críticas | Sep 23, 2023 |
Specifically about writing nonfiction (principles, techniques + tips for all sorts of non-fiction writing e.g. memoirs, business, sports, art...) . You'll learn:
• The principles and methods for writing well, including how to find your unique voice, simplify your writing, write coherently, choose the right words, use "good" English, start and end well, and polish your writing till it shines.
• How to apply the principles and methods above to all types of non-fiction writing, from sports to travel, memoirs and business writing.
• How to get started on your writing journey and hone your skills as a writer.

Book summary at: https://readingraphics.com/book-summary-on-writing-well-william-zinsser/
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AngelaLamHF | 75 outras críticas | May 30, 2023 |
Good overview of Great American Songbook composers mostly up through about 1980.
 
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kslade | 1 outra crítica | Mar 11, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
31
Also by
4
Membros
9,229
Popularidade
#2,604
Avaliação
4.1
Críticas
108
ISBN
97
Línguas
4
Marcado como favorito
8

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