On writing well: an informal guide to writing nonfiction

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HarperPerennial, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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In this fifth edition of On Writing Well William Zinsser has further refined and updated a classic that has sold more than 700,000 copies since it was published in l976 - one of America's continuing best-sellers. Based on a course that Zinsser taught at Yale and on his long experience as a free-lance writer, editor and teacher, the book has been praised by thousands of writers, journalists, teachers, students and grateful users as the best book on nonfiction writing they have ever read - even more useful and helpful than Strunk and White's The Element of Style.
Considerably reorganized, this edition has many new sections - especially in the chapters on interviewing, travel, memoir, science, sports and humor - and new examples of good writing by women and by writers from other cultural traditions. Throughout, outdated passages and references have been eliminated or replaced. The book also examines certain new trends in nonfiction writing that have arisen since the previous edition, such as the fabrication and manipulation of quotes and the self-aggrandizement of sportswriters at the expense of the sport.
While retaining all the strong qualities of earlier editions, the fifth edition of On Writing Well focuses with new sharpness on the needs of writers in the mid-1990s.

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User Review  - mlsatterfield - Overstock.com

I bought this book at the urging of another writer and am glad I did. It is full of useful information and covers topics from usage and style to writing travel sports memoirs and more. It was well worth the cost and I would recommend it to non fiction writers in all areas. Read full review

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

The best thing about reading books about writing is that they're well written (at least one would hope). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and it has helped my writing immensely. Read full review


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Zinsser is a writer, editor and teacher. He began his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has long been a free-lance writer for leading magazines. He now teaches at the New School in New York City.

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