We’re receiving news of the death of William Zinsser at age 92. Zinsser has been a mentor and an inspiration for several generations of journalists, writers, editors, business people, teachers, and lovers of good writing.
He was a lifelong journalist and nonfiction writer—he began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946—and was also a teacher, best known for his book On Writing Well. His 18 other books range from commentary (The Writer Who Stayed), memoir (Writing Places; Writing About Your Life) to travel (American Places), jazz (Mitchell & Ruff), American popular song (Easy to Remember), baseball (Spring Training) and the craft of writing (Writing to Learn). During the 1970s he was at Yale University, where he was master of Branford College and taught the influential nonfiction workshop that would start many writers and editors on their careers.
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