Artful Sentences

Author: Virginia Tufte
Publisher: Graphics Press
ISBN: UCSC:32106019398087
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines


Building Great Sentences

Author: Brooks Landon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101614020
Release Date: 2013-06-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write. Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it’s two words (“Jesus wept.”) or William Faulkner’s 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.

Style

Author: Frank Laurence Lucas
Publisher: Harriman House Limited
ISBN: 9780857191885
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

"Style" is considered one of the greatest guides to writing well. Legendary among writers and critics, but lost for almost 40 years, "Style" is now back in a beautiful new edition, and remains as entertaining and informative as ever.

Exercises in Style

Author: Raymond Queneau
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811207897
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Queneau uses a variety of literary styles and forms in ninety-nine exercises which retell the same story about a minor brawl aboard a bus

Grammar as style

Author: Virginia Tufte
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105035172522
Release Date: 1971
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines


How to Write a Sentence

Author: Stanley Fish
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062006851
Release Date: 2011-01-25
Genre: Literary Criticism

“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.

Sin and Syntax

Author: Constance Hale
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780767908924
Release Date: 2001-12-04
Genre: Reference

Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone. With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to: *Distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.

Style and Statement

Author: Edward P. J. Corbett
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195115430
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Developed from the very popular fourth chapter of the authors' Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 4th ed., Style and Statement is a concise introduction to the components of effective style as they were first defined by classical rhetoricians and as they apply to writing today. An essential reference for students and all writers, it incorporates numerous lively exercises that emphasize the contemporary applications of classic styles. The book opens with an extended discussion of diction and continues with an analysis of sentence composition and Professor Corbett's famous numerical style studies, which unite the principles of diction and sentence organization. Its catalogue of figures of speech is exceptionally comprehensive and includes definitions of the classic tropes. A practical application of imitation as a means of developing style introduces the final section of the text, which consists of the analysis of selected short readings ranging from an eighteenth-century work by Hugh Blair to John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

Notes Toward a New Rhetoric

Author: Francis Christensen
Publisher: Booklocker.Com Incorporated
ISBN: 1601453817
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Genre: Education

Francis Christensen revolutionized the teaching of writing. These essays document his research, explain his unique numbering system for sentences and paragraphs, and offer immediately usable classroom strategies. Every writing teacher must know the Christensen Method.

Microstyle The Art of Writing Little

Author: Christopher Johnson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393082334
Release Date: 2011-07-25
Genre: Reference

“A work of pop linguistics . . . [that] synthesizes . . . grammar, branding, cognitive science and Web theory . . . with intelligence and friendly wit.”—New York Times Welcome to the age of the incredible shrinking message. Your guide to this new landscape, Christopher Johnson reveals the once-secret knowledge of poets, copywriters, brand namers, political speechwriters, and other professional verbal miniaturists. Each chapter discusses one tool that helps short messages grab attention, communicate instantly, stick in the mind, and roll off the tongue. Piled high with examples from corporate slogans to movie titles to product names, Microstyle shows readers how to say the most with the least, while offering a lively romp through the historic transformation of mass media into the media of the personal.

Classical Techniques and Contemporary Arguments

Author: Elizabeth A. Stolarek
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 0321227182
Release Date: 2006-05-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Offering provocative readings on issues such as body image, patriotism and nationalism, and DNA and the justice system, this writing guide and collection of essays shows readers how to apply classical argument techniques to their own persuasive writing so they create better arguments.

Sin and Syntax

Author: Constance Hale
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780385346931
Release Date: 2013-08-13
Genre: Reference

A fully revised and updated edition with challenges and writing prompts in every chapter Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone. With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing. Discover how to: *Distinguish between words that are “pearls” and words that are “potatoes” * Avoid “couch potato thinking” and “commitment phobia” when choosing verbs * Use literary devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and metaphor (and understand what you're doing) Everyone needs to know how to write stylish prose—students, professionals, and seasoned writers alike. Whether you’re writing to sell, shock, or just sing, Sin and Syntax is the guide you need to improve your command of the English language.

It Was the Best of Sentences It Was the Worst of Sentences

Author: June Casagrande
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 1580083781
Release Date: 2010-07-27
Genre: Reference

Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin. In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you. From the Trade Paperback edition.