Writer Envy

Most writers have a short “pantheon” of well-known writers who they admire. And more often than not, new writers tend to write the kind of books their “heroes” write. They may branch out later, but they typically begin by “writing what they read.”

In this short “Bookends” piece, successful writers Zoe Heller and Daniel Mendelsohn share their favorite writers – with a twist. The subtitle of the piece is: “Whose writing career do you most envy?”

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  • Cinders Gott May 29, 2017

    Fabulous momento mori to sage writers from history. True that it’s rare to find an author that one is awed by everything he/she has written, but so far I’m putting on my list contemporary Jodi Picoult who wrote, “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”

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