Volume 86 Issue 18 | p. 31 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: May 5, 2008

Irving Rothman

English professor and scholar of 18th-century literature says business writing is all about clarity and precision
Department: Business

IRVING N. ROTHMAN is an expert on Daniel Defoe, the 18th-century English author of "Robinson Crusoe." His knowledge of the author of a novel about a shipwrecked man who learns to survive on a deserted island would not imply a keen interest in crisp business prose. But like the author he has studied so intently, Rothman has a sharp interest in the world around him, including the craft of writing technical manuals that spell out . . .

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