Content Tagged ‘Amy Krouse Rosenthal’

Whither the postmodern memoir?

March 19, 2013 | 10 Comments

Honesty and chronology, part two

September 11, 2009 | No Comments

William Zinsser addresses the issue of fidelity to chronology in his On Writing Well, and I was surprised by his answer. Perusing the thirtieth anniversary edition of this sober classic on nonfiction, I expected Zinsser to be very conservative in all matters regarding literal truth, but after a long career of successful freelance magazine and book writing he’s practical about quotes and timelines. He approves of legendary New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell’s composite quotes and blended timelines in his profiles. …

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