Zinsser is best known for his classic writing guide, On Writing Well, which stresses clarity, simplicity, and author voice. It has been a perennial classroom favorite since its original publication in 1976, selling over 1.5 million copies to date.
In addition to On Writing Well, Zinsser wrote many other books, on everything from baseball to jazz, taught at Yale and the New School, was drama editor and movie critic for the New York Herald Tribune and executive editor of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Read his full New York Times obituary here.
And you can check out the fully revised and expanded 30th anniversary edition of On Writing Well here.