6 great books about writing

As selected by Harvard research fellow Matthew Battles:

The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (Harvard, $264). More than perhaps any other author, Dickinson made herself through writing, and this sumptuous edition presents her poems as she made them: written on folded stationery and sewn together in small, haunting packets.

The Gospel According to John (King James Bible version). Read it as ancient literature of a spare and striking kind, poised between the oral world of tale and legend...

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