Monday, January 12, 2009

For Writers

On Writing, Editing and Publishing (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, & Publishing) by historian and scholar, Jacques Barzun is a collection of his essays on writing. It's witty, trenchant and useful. His essay "The Paradoxes of Publishing" is a hoot. The one on Lincoln's style is thoughtful. Barzun is quite accessible.

I borrowed the library's copy. On Amazon, this out-of-print edition is going for a whopping $103! In the UK it's up to $285!

Now I'm reading his Race a Study in Superstitionand for my book club I'm reading A Passage to India,which is a fortuitous combination.

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