First We Read Then We Write

Iowa Univ Press, 2009


Emerson never wrote an essay on writing, but he made innumerable comments on reading and writing. The best of these comments have been gathered up here and shaped into a short book, which Susan Cheever says “is the book on writing that Emerson would have used to teach his lucky students. The chapter on sentences sparkles, and it alone is worth the purchase. Everyone who wants to learn about writing should read this book.”

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