How to Write a Book Review

“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:

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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.”

***Spoiler Alert***

The person who wrote that hatchet job told the reader none of those three things. Robert Pinsky covers them all.

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