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Author: William Zinsser Narrator: William Zinsser Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400182664
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Nobody has had a greater effect on writers, teachers, and editors in recent decades than William K. Zinsser. Now, in Writing Places, he describes more than fifty years of writing and teaching in a series of unusual locations, starting with his first job at the legendary New York Herald Tribune and including freelance stints in lonely apartments; a decade as master of Branford College at Yale, where his office was under a carillon; and various quirky offices in New York, one of which had a firepole. Each place taught him valuable lessons that shaped the influential writer and teacher he would become. Written with humor, elegance, and vividly remembered detail about the men and women who kept crossing his life, Zinsser's Writing Places will delight anyone who dreams of writing his or her own distinctive story. Download and start listening now!

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  • Looking back at his personal and professional achievements, Zinsser cannot mask his self-satisfaction---but rather than coming across as narcissistic, his pride proves markedly charming. Publishers Weekly Audio Review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 9/14/2013

    " I like this author! I have known about his books, but I had not previously actually read one. It was a pleasant nostlagia trip to read his impressions of Yale. He made even New York City sound appealing. He is a bit of a Luddite. I will be reading more of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jestertim | 7/23/2013

    " Not as good as his writing guide "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 4/26/2013

    " I like the way he framed his memoir. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roben | 3/20/2011

    " Though sadly I will never meet Mr. Zinsser, I feel after reading Writing Places that we are old friends. He is a generous soul telling the story of his life with good humor. The last sentence came too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 1/7/2011

    " I liked it so much that I immediately took out paper and pen to write Mr. Zinsser a thank-you note. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jestertim | 11/23/2010

    " Not as good as his writing guide "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 8/10/2010

    " I liked it so much that I immediately took out paper and pen to write Mr. Zinsser a thank-you note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RuthAnn | 7/2/2009

    " Would recommend: Yes

    Reading Writing Places made me want to get out there and write! Right now! Just thinking about it gives me a thrill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/20/2009

    " I like this author! I have known about his books, but I had not previously actually read one. It was a pleasant nostlagia trip to read his impressions of Yale. He made even New York City sound appealing. He is a bit of a Luddite. I will be reading more of his books. "

About the Author

William Zinsser has been a mentor for countless people who want to write with clarity and confidence. A writer, editor, and teacher, his eighteen books range in subject from writing to music to baseball to American travel. His classic On Writing Well has sold almost 1.5 million copies. He now teaches at the New School and at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a writing advisor for various organizations. He holds honorary degrees from Wesleyan University, Rollins College, and the University of Southern Indian and is a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library. He lives in his home town with his wife.