How to Write A Sentence

How to Write A Sentence

And How to Read One

eBook - 2011
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"Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop."
--Roy Blount Jr.

"Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing."

Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish's How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual--it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062006851
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (165 p.)


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Jan 23, 2020

A very short book, perhaps too short, but concise and far from overly elaborate.
I think I can call Fish a kind of neo-sophist: its language and argument as far as humans will ever know: "language is not a handmaiden to perception; it is perception; it gives shape to what would otherwise be inert and dead."(p.42).
He provides and extraordinary quotation on page 117 from Taylor's "Holy Dying".
No notes, no bibliography, no further reading guide.

Sep 04, 2016

Of some value, in that it's not a grammar book, but it points to a style and method of developing subordinating and additive sentences. Worth a single read.

Sep 03, 2011

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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