9780393329803

Dash Of Style Pa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393329803

  • ISBN10:

    0393329801

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-04-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

The first practical and accessible guide to the art of punctuation for creative writers. Punctuation reveals the writer: haphazard commas, for example, reveal haphazard thinking; clear, lucid breaks reveal clear, lucid thinking. Punctuation can be used to teach the writer how to think and how to write. This short, practical book shows authors the benefits that can be reaped from mastering punctuation: the art of style, sentence length, meaning, and economy of words. There are full-length chapters devoted to the period, the comma, the semicolon, the colon, quotation marks, the dash and parentheses, the paragraph and section break, and a cumulative chapter on integrating them all into "The Symphony of Punctuation." Filled with exercises and examples from literary masters (Why did Poe and Melville rely on the semicolon? Why did Hemingway embrace the period?), A Dash of Style is interactive, highly engaging, and a necessity for creative writers as well as for anyone looking to make punctuation their friend instead of their mysterious foe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
The Triumviratep. 17
The Period (the Stop Sign)p. 21
The Comma (the Speed Bump)p. 44
The Semicolon (the Bridge)p. 69
Into the Limelightp. 87
The Colon (the Magician)p. 91
The Dash and Parentheses (the Interrupter and the Advisor)p. 111
Quotation Marks (the Trumpets)p. 139
The Paragraph and Section Breaks (the Stoplight and the Town Line)p. 159
Proceed with Cautionp. 181
The Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Italics, Points of Ellipsis, and the Hyphenp. 183
Epilogue: The Symphony of Punctuationp. 192
Suggested Readingp. 203
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