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BEST William Zinsser Books & Quotes of All Time

Arthur Worsley
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M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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Who Was William Zinsser?

William 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. He was a longtime contributor to leading magazines.

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The Best William Zinsser Books of All Time

Why these best William Zinsser books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best William Zinsser books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by William Zinsser that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best William Zinsser books of all time...

Best William Zinsser Books: On Writing Well
1. On Writing Well - William Zinsser (FREE Summary)
The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
On Writing Well is a book so brimming with literary wisdom that it feels like you're clutching a living brain. Writing, about writing, for writers - by writer, editor, critic, teacher and captain of the craft, William Zinsser.
Published 1976 // 336 pages // Rated 4.2 over 25,200 reviews on Goodreads
Best William Zinsser Books: Writing About Your Life
2. Writing About Your Life - William Zinsser
A Journey into the Past
Published 2004 // 228 pages // Rated 4.1 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
Best William Zinsser Books: Extraordinary Lives
3. Extraordinary Lives - William Zinsser
The Art and Craft of American Biography
Published 1986 // 139 pages // Rated 3.9 over 300 reviews on Goodreads
Best William Zinsser Books: Inventing the Truth
4. Inventing the Truth - William Zinsser
The Art and Craft of Memoir
Published 1987 // 240 pages // Rated 3.9 over 700 reviews on Goodreads
Best William Zinsser Books: Writing to Learn
5. Writing to Learn - William Zinsser
How to Write--And Think--Clearly about Any Subject at All
Published 1988 // 272 pages // Rated 3.9 over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads
Best William Zinsser Books: Writing Places
6. Writing Places - William Zinsser
The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher
Published 2009 // 208 pages // Rated 4.1 over 200 reviews on Goodreads

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