How to Write A Sentence

How to Write A Sentence

And How to Read One

Book - 2011
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"Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop."
--Roy Blount Jr.

"Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing."
--Booklist

Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish's How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual--it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062006851
0062006851
9780061840531
006184053X
9780061840548
0061840548
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 22 cm

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fledge
Sep 04, 2016

Of some value, in that it's not a grammar book, but it points to a style and method of developing subordinating and additive sentences. Worth a single read.

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ravensview
Sep 03, 2011

Was recommended via a blog - so-so.
Usefull discussion about subordinate and additive style, design of first and last sentences, and anaylsis of some great examples. Towards the end the analysis got more complex and seemed to stretch too much to support whatever point he was making - like those art gallery descriptions of an abstract work that seem to be just a little too pretentious.
But - a good read, just won't buy to add to my shelf.

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