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Ben Yagoda is the author of About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Will Rogers. He is coeditor, with Kevin Kerrane, of The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, Esquire, and many other publications. Yagoda directs the journalism department at the University of Delaware, where he teaches nonfiction writing. He lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters.


"...the right mix of seriousness and wit, anecdote and insight." -- Billy Collins"...offers not only the author's amazingly informative narrative, but points us toward...the trial and error inherent in creativity." -- Ann Beattie"[Ben Yagoda] is witty and offhandedly erudite and unafraid to read between the lines..." -- Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and Secret Parts of Fortune"This is an ingenious and memorable exploration of writing's soul..." -- Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo"Ben Yagoda [is] the best kind of close reader, attentive to writerly choices that most of us take for granted." -- Wall Street Journal"A shrewd, welcome meditation on literary style... that rarest of tomes: a splendidly written book about writing." -- Philadelphia Inquirer"This entertaining and instructive book should be part of any writing collection." -- Library Journal"A stylish exploration of developing a distinctive voice and writing style." -- Chicago Tribune

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