Must Reads

This page lists the “must-reads,” which I consider essential reading for writers of all levels. To purchase any of these books from, just click on either the title or the cover.

MUST-READS (for all levels)
Bill Bryson.

The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way. Avon Books (Pap Trd), 1996.

Scott Edelstein.

100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know. Perigree, 1999.

E. M. Forster.

Aspects of the Novel. Harcourt Brace, 1985.

John Gardner.

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. Vintage Books, 1991.

John Gardner.

On Becoming a Novelist. W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. (Not yet available.)

Ian Gordon.

Movement of English Prose. (Out of print.)

Rust Hills.

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular: An Informal Textbook, rev ed. Houghton Mifflin Co (Paperback), Sept., 2000.

Henry James.

The Art of the Novel. (Out of print.)

David Lodge.

The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts. Penguin USA (Paper), 1994.Buy it at Barnes & Noble:

Percy Lubbock.

The Craft of Fiction. (Out of print.)

Robert McCrum, William Cran (Contributor), Robert MacNeil (Contributor).

The Story of English, New and Revised Edition. Penguin USA (Paper), 1993.