How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One


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New York Times Bestseller "Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style" - Adam Haslett, Financial Times "A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language." - Slate "Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop." -Roy Blount Jr. In this entertaining and erudite New York Times bestseller, beloved professor Stanley Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure. Drawing on a wide range of great ...

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Aug 4, 2011

Getting Good Writing Down

For Prof. Fish, good writing begins with good sentences. His first couple of chapters nail down some principles about sentence writing and how sentences set up and guide (or sometimes subvert) the reader's expectation. He then narrows his inquiry to consideration of sentences from specifically satirical works, and the book sags a little as some of the sentences he chooses (and some of the ones he writes himself) prove unsatisfying examples of what he appears to advocate. But don't quit. The chapters on great opening sentences and especially great closing sentences are worth the price of the book.

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