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On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction

Author: William Knowlton Zinsser
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 5th ed., rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Zinsser, William Knowlton.
On writing well.
New York : HarperPerennial, ©1994
(OCoLC)607752567
Online version:
Zinsser, William Knowlton.
On writing well.
New York : HarperPerennial, ©1994
(OCoLC)624416544
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Knowlton Zinsser
ISBN: 0062715879 9780062715876 0062733036 9780062733030
OCLC Number: 29563709
Description: ix, 300 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Principles --
\Forms and methods.
Other Titles: Guide to writing nonfiction
Responsibility: William Zinsser.

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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 Throughout, outdated passages and references have been eliminated or replaced.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."--Jacket.

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