9780811207898

Exercises in Style

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  • ISBN13:

    9780811207898

  • ISBN10:

    0811207897

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2/17/1981
  • Publisher: NEW DIRECT

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Summary

The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.

Table of Contents

Notation
19(2)
Double Entry
21(2)
Litotes
23(1)
Metaphorically
24(1)
Retrograde
25(1)
Surprises
26(1)
Dream
27(2)
Prognostication
29(2)
Synchysis
31(1)
The Rainbow
32(1)
Word Game
33(2)
Hesitation
35(2)
Precision
37(2)
The Subjective Side
39(2)
Another Subjectivity
41(2)
Narrative
43(2)
Word-Composition
45(1)
Negativities
46(2)
Animism
48(2)
Anagrams
50(1)
Distinguo
51(2)
Homeoptotes
53(1)
Official Letter
54(2)
Blurb
56(2)
Onomatopoeia
58(2)
Logical Analysis
60(2)
Insistence
62(3)
Ignorance
65(2)
Past
67(2)
Present
69(1)
Reported Speech
70(2)
Passive
72(2)
Alexandrines
74(2)
Polyptotes
76(2)
Apheresis
78(1)
Apocope
79(1)
Syncope
80(1)
Speaking Personally
81(2)
Exclamations
83(2)
You Know
85(1)
Noble
86(2)
Cockney
88(2)
Cross-Examination
90(2)
Comedy
92(3)
Asides
95(2)
Parechesis
97(1)
Spectral
98(2)
Philosophic
100(2)
Apostrophe
102(2)
Awkward
104(3)
Casual
107(2)
Biased
109(3)
Sonnet
112(2)
Olfactory
114(1)
Gustatory
115(2)
Tactile
117(2)
Visual
119(2)
Auditory
121(2)
Telegraphic
123(2)
Ode
125(4)
Permutations by Groups of 2, 3, 4 and 5 Letters
129(2)
Permutations by Groups of 5, 6, 7 and 8 Letters
131(1)
Permutations by Groups of 9, 10, 11 and 12 Letters
132(1)
Permutations by Groups of 1, 2, 3 and 4 Words
133(1)
Hellenisms
134(2)
Reactionary
136(3)
Haiku
139(1)
Free Verse
140(2)
Feminine
142(3)
Gallicisms
145(1)
Prosthesis
146(2)
Epenthesis
148(2)
Paragoge
150(2)
Parts of Speech
152(2)
Metathesis
154(1)
Consequences
155(2)
Proper Names
157(1)
Rhyming Slang
158(1)
Back Slang
159(2)
Antiphrasis
161(1)
Dog Latin
162(2)
More or Less
164(1)
Opera English
165(4)
For ze Frrensh
169(1)
Spoonerisms
170(1)
Botanical
171(2)
Medical
173(2)
Abusive
175(2)
Gastronomical
177(2)
Zoological
179(1)
Futile
180(2)
Modern Style
182(2)
Probabilist
184(2)
Portrait
186(2)
Mathematical
188(2)
West Indian
190(1)
Interjections
191(1)
Precious
192(3)
Unexpected
195

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