Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Writers

If you’ve ever wondered about the creative process behind great writing, look no further than Richard Cohen’s book, How To Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers. Cohen, former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton, looks at the stories behind some of the world’s best writers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King.



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The highest compliment one can pay “How to Write Like Tolstoy” is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds… 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.



Matt Lewis Podcast: How To Write Like Tolstoy

Author Richard Cohen talks about his new book ‘How To Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers.’



“Turn a Negative Emotion Into a Positive”: Interview with Richard Cohen

With his new Random House release, “How To Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers,” author Richard Cohen shines a light on history’s greatest storytellers. This spectacularly written how-to is not your average road map to becoming a pro.


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How Writers Will Steal Your Life And Use It For Fiction

By Richard Cohen

Plagiarism in many instances should be shunned and punished; at the same time, it has been at the heart of cultural life for centuries, bringing much good and much pleasure. The great plagiarists have committed no crime. And there is the “added value” argument, which many find persuasive. But there is a further question to raise, and in many ways it is the most interesting.


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Want To Write Like Tolstoy? Really?

In this lively Authorlink AUDIO interview, author Richard Cohen shares his thoughts on whether one can be taught to write, whether plagiarism is acceptable, and some personal observations about our greatest writers.