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Subject: William Zinsser: Influential writing coach dies aged 92

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/15 at 10:39 am

Multi million-selling author and writing coach William Zinsser has died in New York, aged 92.

Zinsser died at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, said his wife, Caroline Fraser Zinsser.

His 1976 book On Writing Well became a standard in the classroom, and an essential text for people trying to sharpen their prose.

Its advice was straightforward: write clearly, avoid jargon and make the reader think you enjoyed yourself.

Zinnser wrote more than a dozen other books, including Writing to Learn, Writing With a Word Processor and Writing About Your Life.

At Yale University, where Zinsser taught creative nonfiction in the 1970s, his students included such future stars as Christopher Buckley, Jane Mayer and Mark Singer.

He also advised government agencies and corporations, played jazz piano, critiqued films for The New York Herald Tribune and served as executive editor of the Book of the Month Club.

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