Daniel Mendelsohn: Daniel Mendelsohn is an internationally bestselling author, critic, and essayist. His essays and reviews appear frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, and he has been a books and culture columnist for the New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, and Harper’s. His books include The Elusive Embrace, a reflection on sexual identity and classical literature, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation, with commentary, of the complete poetry of Constantine Cavafy, shortlisted for the Criticos Prize (UK); and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008) and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012). His awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award (US), the National Jewish Book Award (US), the Prix Médicis (France), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize for Prose Style.
Sarah has a nice introduction paragraph. The paragraph begins with a generalization about the topic of becoming a successful writer. Sarah has also included supporting detail sentences that narrow and focus the topic of the essay. In Sarah's introduction paragraph it is clear that there are three areas of good writing to be discussed in the essay: 1) the importance of background in grammar and vocabulary, 2) the writer's skills in writing essays, and 3) the writer's skills in editing.