The author of million-selling On Writing Well, and writing coach, William Zinsser died in New York City at age 92. Zinsser's wife said he died on Tuesday at his Manhattan home after a brief illness.
Zinsser's On Writing Well was standard reading for many students and professional people seeking to sharpen their prose style. He championed the craft of nonfiction and inspired professionals and amateurs to express themselves more clearly and vividly.
Zinsser wrote more than a dozen other books, including Writing to Learn, Writing With a Word Processor and Writing About Your Life. He taught in the 1970s at Yale University, where his students included authors Christopher Buckley, Jane Mayer and Mark Singer.