Library JournalProfessional reference book writer and editor Manser (The Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions) proposes that style can be learned and sets out to help readers refine their writing skills. He first defines "stylish" writing and then, in a very orderly fashion, outlines methods for improving one's prose. The book is replete with examples for understanding and honing one's writing style, and handy overviews can be found at the end of each chapter. Not everyone will be inspired by the scholarly British approach (Winston Churchill and Lord Byron are quoted), but the serious budding author will find quality instruction. The lack of reference to contemporary authors gives the book a timeless quality. Part 2 introduces the reader to the practice of style in the construction of letters, r sum s, reports, and other materials. It serves its purpose, but the real value is in Part 1, where the author clearly outlines the fundamentals of style instruction. Bottom Line Designed for use as a companion to The Facts On File Guide to Good Writing, this book is aimed at secondary school students, making it a solid choice for school libraries and public libraries supporting writing programs.-Ann Schade, Edgewood Coll., Madison, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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