What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences?
The great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia.
Great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. (Is this sentence acceptable?)
***NOT A TEACHER***Snappy: This is what THE NEW YORK TIMES tells its writers: (1) Only official titles can be placed first (President Washington), (2) "Pianist Jane Doe" is not acceptable, (3) If the person is famous, then it's OK if you use "the": "The pianist Jane Doe...." Therefore, since Mr. Tolstoy is very famous, you probably need to write: The great writer L. N. Tolstoy.....BUT: there is an exception to the rule. If you are talking about sports, then you can write: Giants coach John Doe....My source: The New York Times Style Guide, 1999. Thank you.