Helpful Books and Essays about Writing
Mark Tredinnick, Writing Well: The Essential Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. (First published in 2006 by University of New South Wales Press, as The Little Red Writing Book.) Possibly the best writing book. This is the first of two books for all students to read.
John Trimble, Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing. Englewood
Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975. Be sure to look for the first edition,
a slim green-covered paperback. The 25-year anniversary edition, much
plumped out, is less helpful. This is the second of two books I want all
students to read.
Thomas S. Kane, The New Oxford Guide to Writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. For seriously engaged writers, and for lovers of sentences and paragraphs.
Roger Sale, On Writing. New York: Random House, 1970. For teachers, those who want or need to think about how to encourage interesting student writing.
Susan R. Horton, Thinking through Writing. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 1982. Though it's cast as a textbook for students, it's more useful for teachers.
Christine Lindberg, Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. This is the second edition. A wonderful field guide to words and their lives among one another.Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams. The Craft of Research. Third edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.