Simple and Direct : A Rhetoric for Writers

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/18/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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InSimple & Direct,Jacques Barzun, celebrated author and educator, distills from a lifetime of writing and teaching his thoughts about the craft of writing. In chapters on diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision, Barzun describes and prescribes the techniques to correct even the most ponderous style. Exercises, model passages -- both literary and unorthodox -- and hundreds of often amusing examples of usage gone wrong demonstrate the process of making intelligent choices and guide us toward developing strong and distinctive prose.

Table of Contents

Note to the Fourth Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 3
Diction, or Which Words to Usep. 13
Time Out for Good Reading I: Working and Thinking on the Waterfrontp. 53
Linking, or What to Put Nextp. 57
Time Out for Good Reading II: Aristotle on Detective Fictionp. 104
Tone and Tune, or What Impression Will It Make?p. 109
Time Out for Good Reading III: Language Definedp. 142
Meaning, or What Do I Want to Say?p. 145
Time Out for Good Reading IV: Hints for Sawingp. 181
Composition, or How Does It Hang Together?p. 187
Time Out for Good Reading V: The Law as Guarantee of Free Speechp. 221
Revision, or What Have I Actually Said?p. 227
Time Out for Good Reading VIp. 252
Hints Toward Improving the Quoted Sentencesp. 255
Index of Words, Topics, and Authorsp. 259
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