Sol Stein





Sol Stein

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born
in Chicago, The United States
October 13, 1926

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Born in Chicago on October 13, 1926, Stein is the son of Louis Stein and Zelda Zam Stein. The family moved to New York in 1930. In 1941, while living in the Bronx, Stein wrote his first book, "Magic Maestro Please," followed shortly by "Patriotic Magic." Stein attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he served on the Magpie literary magazine with Richard Avedon and James Baldwin.[1] He graduated in 1942 and enrolled at CCNY, which then provided a free education.

Between the time of Stein’s enlistment in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and being called to active duty on March 1, 1945, Stein had completed nearly three years of infantry ROTC at CCNY. After qualifying for pilot and bombardier training, a backlog of pilots caused Stein to voluntaril...more


Average rating: 4.11 · 2,101 ratings · 250 reviews · 17 distinct works · Similar authors
Stein On Writing: A Master ...
4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,538 ratings — published 1995 — 10 editions
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How to Grow a Novel: The Mo...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 295 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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The Magician
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1971 — 13 editions
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Solutions For Writers
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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Solutions For Novelists: Se...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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Sol Stein's Reference Book ...
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2010
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Other People
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1979 — 10 editions
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The Resort
3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1981 — 4 editions
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The Best Revenge: A Novel o...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1991 — 6 editions
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The Touch of Treason
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1985 — 4 editions
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“In our not-yet-acknowledged secret garden lie the seeds of some of our best not-yet-written stories”
Sol Stein, How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

“It can be said that one slip of point of view by a writer can hurt a story badly, and several slips can be fatal.' Stein on Writing”
Sol Stein

“I see manuscripts and books that are spoiled for the literary reader because they are one long stream of top-of-the-head writing, a writer telling a story without concern for precision or freshness in the use of language. Some of this storytelling reads as if it were spoken rather than written, stuffed with tired images that pop into the writer's head because they are so familiar. The top of the head is fit for growing hair, but not for generating fine prose.”
Sol Stein, How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

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