The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher John McPhee.
John McPhee is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of thirty-two books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
`Draft No. 4 belongs on the short shelf of essential books about the craft.' * Wall Street Journal *
`Matchless teaching from a master of the form-seductive, trustworthy and endearingly modest.' * Helen Garner *
`A master class in writing ... Almost every sentence sparkles ... A superb book.'
-- STARRED REVIEW * Kirkus Reviews *
`Eight crisply instructive and drolly self-deprecating essays [are] gathered here in this exceptionally entertaining and illuminating book . . . [Draft No. 4] is expert, charming, and invigorating.'
-- Donna Seaman * Booklist *
`McPhee has set the standard for the genre of creative nonfiction . . . With humor and aplomb, he recalls anecdotes about how he approached a story: from interviewing and reporting to drafting and revising, to working with editors and publishers . . . A well-wrought road map to navigating the twists and turns, thrills and pitfalls, and joys and sorrows of the writer's journey.'
-- Donna Marie Smith * Library Journal *
`[Draft No. 4 is] not a general how-to-do-it manual but a personal how-I-did-it of richer depth-not bouillon cubes, but rich stock . . . McPhee lays it all out with the wit of one who believes that `writing has to be fun at least once in a pale blue moon.'
* Publishers Weekly *
`A marvellous new book...A fascinating book for anyone interested in writing.' * Australian *
`Anyone aspiring to make a living from writing long-form journalism or literary non-fiction should read this book, absorb its lessons on the art of crafting clear and compelling prose, and then accept that the professional world McPhee was lucky enough to inhabit is now gone.' * Scotsman *