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Writing Well

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Co-authored by two esteemed writers, Writing Well, is a beautifully-written and thoroughly readable guide to the craft of writing prose. This concise, lively text covers all aspects of writing but is best known for its signature chapters on words, sentences, and paragraphs. Going beyond the basics of composition, the text teaches originality and elegance in writing encoura ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Longman Publishing Group (first published February 28th 1988)
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Bob Nichols
In general, this is one of the better books I’ve read on writing. I have a few quibbles though:

Hall tells his readers to work with feeling, to show not tell, and to avoid “abstract idea-words.” Feeling makes contact with and moves the reader whereas “names” and such do not. “Sight, taste, smell, touch, and hearing,” he writes, “carry feeling better from writer to reader – concepts don’t.” But doesn’t this depend on the subject matter and its audience? Who wants to wade through “feelings” when co
Hall has solid credentials as a writer, though I've never read anything of his but this text. I found it to be much better than the standard issue english composition textbook and as useful, actually more useful, than Strunk and White.
Donna Kirk
Donald Hall sent me his copy...with stern advice on writing.
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Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at the age of sixteen—the same year he had his first work published. He earned a B.A. from Harvard in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1953.

Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1
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