A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation

( 2 )

Overview

"Takes the straitjacket off punctuation....Lukeman's wit and insight make this an instant classic."—M. J. Rose
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: ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$12.94
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$14.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (20) from $4.36   
  • New (11) from $8.92   
  • Used (9) from $4.36   
A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook - Reprint)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 29%)$14.95 List Price

Overview

"Takes the straitjacket off punctuation....Lukeman's wit and insight make this an instant classic."—M. J. Rose
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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Paul Cody
“Pithy, elegant.”
John Smolens
“Flawless.”
Brian Ascalon Roley
“A page turner.”
John Burt
“A master class.”
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
Lukeman is a literary agent and president of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd. He has written two books that are part of the curriculum in many writing programs: The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile and The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life. A Dash of Style is another such book, the kind that writers of creative prose should read and apply to their own work. Lukeman's purpose is not to present a usage manual, delineating the various correct uses of the comma, for instance. His book is much more than that. He discusses, with samples from literary works, how writers use punctuation for artistic purposes. In his chapter on the semicolon, for example, he illustrates how it can "balance sentence length and rhythm." In the introduction, Lukeman writes, "As a literary agent I've read tens of thousands of manuscripts, and I've come to learn that punctuation, more than anything, belies clarity—or chaos—of thought. " Throughout the rest of the text, he explains how writers can accomplish that clarity with careful use of punctuation.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393329803
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 351,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Noah Lukeman is the author of several bestselling books on the craft of writing, among them A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. Noah lives in New York City, where he runs a literary agency.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     13
The Triumvirate     17
The Period (the Stop Sign)     21
The Comma (the Speed Bump)     44
The Semicolon (the Bridge)     69
Into the Limelight     87
The Colon (the Magician)     91
The Dash and Parentheses (the Interrupter and the Advisor)     111
Quotation Marks (the Trumpets)     139
The Paragraph and Section Breaks (the Stoplight and the Town Line)     159
Proceed with Caution     181
The Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Italics, Points of Ellipsis, and the Hyphen     183
Epilogue: The Symphony of Punctuation     192
Suggested Reading     203
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 3 of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted April 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This book is for creative writers. This means writers of fictio


    This book is for creative writers. This means writers of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and screenplays,including anyone seeking to write well, for business, school or any other endeavor. This book offers punctuation as artistic expression. As a means of impacting the content in a most profound way. Punctuation can influence the reading experience, to craft a finer work. This book will teach you to become sensitive, enabling you to be a better writer. It is not about making you a better grammarian. This book teaches how punctuation reveals the writer, and ways to tap in to alter intention of a scene, and much more. Strengths in writing can be spotted by the method of punctuation. This book would be a wealth of wisdom to any library. I own a copy of this inspiring book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 30, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    An Excellent Complement to Standard College Handbooks

    Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California)<BR/> <BR/><BR/>This compact new book on punctuation uniquely complements standard college writing guides like THE BEDFORD HANDBOOK, now in its seventh edition, the all-time bestselling college textbook. The Bedford as well as several other standard college handbboks I have used in my teaching typically cite punctuation examples mostly from nonfiction works. <BR/><BR/>This book's uniqueness arises from its approach: illustrating punctuation "rules" with examples drawn mostly from literary works. Moreover, Lukeman points out how literary masters flout "rules" to create special effects. Literary masters cited include like Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Joyce Carol Oates. <BR/><BR/>Excellent book for fiction writers. <BR/><BR/>C J Singh

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 3 of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)