How To Write Like Tolstoy
A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers
On behalf of: Kathy Robbins - The Robbins Office, Inc.
A thought-provoking journey inside the minds of the world’s most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King.
Veteran editor and author Richard Cohen takes us on an engrossing journey into the lives and minds of the world’s greatest writers, from Honoré de Balzac and George Eliot to Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith—with a few mischievous detours to visit Tolstoy along the way. In a scintillating tour d’horizon, Cohen lays bare the tricks, motivations, and techniques of the literary greats, revealing their obsessions and flaws and how we can learn from them along the way.
“Richard Cohen’s book acted as a tonic to me. It didn’t make me more Russian, but it fired up my imagination. I have never annotated a book so fiercely.”—Hilary Mantel
“The highest compliment one can pay How to Write Like Tolstoy is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write… That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough.”―The Wall Street Journal