Sol Stein


Born
in Chicago, The United States
October 13, 1926

Died
September 19, 2019

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Sol Stein was a best-selling novelist and the publisher of works by James Baldwin and Che Guevara. He also worked with David Frost, Jack Higgins, Elia Kazan, Dylan Thomas, and W.H. Auden.

Stein and Baldwin met as students at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where they worked on the literary magazine.

Stein served in the Army during World War II. In 1949 he received a master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University.

In the 1950s Stein worked at Voice of America, wrote plays, and moved into publishing. He established his own publishing company, Stein & Day, in 1962 with his then-wife. Stein used other publishers for his own novels so he would not be competing with the authors that Stein & Day published.

Stein & Day closed a
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Stein on Writing: A Master ...

4.27 avg rating — 3,870 ratings — published 1995 — 14 editions
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How to Grow a Novel: The Mo...

4.06 avg rating — 747 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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The Magician

3.76 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1971
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Solutions for Writers: Prac...

4.04 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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Solutions for Novelists: Se...

3.92 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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Sol Stein's Reference Book ...

3.77 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2010
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Other People

3.70 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1979 — 11 editions
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The Resort

3.29 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1981 — 6 editions
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The Husband

3.59 avg rating — 17 ratings2 editions
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The Childkeeper

3.08 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1975 — 7 editions
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“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader, not the fact that it’s raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
Sol Stein, Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

“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

“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