Writings on Writing

A Compendium of 1209 Quotations from Authors on Their Craft

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About the Book

From medieval to contemporary, classic authors to journalists, the writers quoted in this reference work bring to life the triumphs, the musings, the frustrations, the insights of the craft of writing. The more than 1,200 quotations are arranged under broad categories such as autobiography and biography, books, journalism, poets and poetry, words, writers, and language. Each entry gives the author, source and date. Sources include essays, journals, diaries, letters, interviews, and, in a few instances, fictional works.

About the Author(s)

Thomas H. Brennan is a retired professor of computer science from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. He presently reviews independently published books for the Foreword Reviews magazine.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas H. Brennan
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 190
Bibliographic Info: indexes
Copyright Date: 2013 [1994]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7533-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0374-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “well-constructed”—Booklist
  • “many of the 1,200 entries are quotes I have not seen elsewhere and many of them would make good discussion topics for your writers’ circles meeting”—Writing Magazine
  • “an entertaining collection”—Reference & Research Book News
  • “the author emphasizes that great pains were taken to verify all of the quotations, but despite this care, or because of it, the book has style and character. It is clearly the work of a widely-read enthusiast…a joy to browse…essential for librarians…speakers and essay writers will profit from this handsome and sturdy volume”—Reference Reviews