“How Not to Write a Book Review” is the title of a recent Slate piece on the infamous review of Endymion that destroyed Keats (picture) – killed him, according to Byron and Shelley. Slate writer Robert Pinsky negates the title of his piece when he closes with the anonymous advice he received from an unlikely source early in his writing career on how to write a book review.
If you are writing a book review, be sure to tell the reader three things:
What the book is about: its subject
What the author has to say on the subject
What you have to say about what the author has to say …
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Please read “How Not to Write a Book Review: What a hatchet job on John Keats teaches us.”
The person who wrote that hatchet job told the reader none of those three things. Robert Pinsky covers them all.