Picks and Pans Review: Reporting

updated 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Lillian Ross

The author is best known for her revealing 1950 New Yorker profile of Ernest Hemingway. Ross spent two days in Manhattan with the great man, then reported on his verbal and other excesses. Hemingway's friends cried foul, but others recognized the ring of truth. That essay, which seems as startlingly immediate today as it did then, is included in this volume, along with six other pieces and an introduction that offers 17 not-so-simple rules for reporters. These days, when much of what appears in print is being questioned, any reader should want to know what one top-notch writer has learned about the business of producing telling articles on a variety of carefully observed subjects. Ross' book ought to be on the required reading list for every serious student of reporting. (Dodd, Mead, $12.95)

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