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How to Write A Sentence

And How to Read One
Fish, Stanley Eugene (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
How to Write A Sentence
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Fish has always been an aficionado of language, marveling at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences. Here he offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader).
Authors: Fish, Stanley Eugene
Title: How to write a sentence
and how to read one
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stanley Fish
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Why sentences?
Why you won't find the answer in Strunk and White
It's not the thought that counts
What is a good sentence?
The subordinating style
The additive style
The satiric style : the return of content
First sentences
Last sentences
Sentences that are about themselves (aren't they all?)
Summary: Fish has always been an aficionado of language, marveling at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences. Here he offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader).
ISBN: 0061840548
9780061840548
006184053X
9780061840531
Branch Call Number: 808.042 F5326h 2011
Subject Headings: English language Rhetoric English language Grammar Problems, exercises, etc English language Sentences
Topical Term: English language
English language
English language
LCCN: 2010033166
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"In 10 short chapters, Fish takes readers through a cogent analysis of how to craft a sentence. He talks about form, content, and style, always taking care to illustrate his points with an ample selection of judicously chosen quotations from virtuoso writers" - from a Booklist review


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Sep 03, 2011
  • ravensview rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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