How to Write A Sentence

How to Write A Sentence

And How to Read One

eBook - 2011
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Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language: "I am always on the lookout for sentences that take your breath away, for sentences that make you say, 'Isn't that something?' or 'What a sentence!'" Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play. In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader). His vibrant analysis takes us on a literary tour of great writers throughout history&́#x80;”from William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Henry James to Martin Luther King Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Elmore Leonard. Indeed, How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works; it is a book that will stand the test of time.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011.
ISBN: 9780062006851
Characteristics: 1 computer file (575 KB) :,digital, EPUB file.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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.

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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