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Overview

Divided into four sections -- Style as Choice, Clarity, Grace, and Ethics -- Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace helps students diagnose their prose quickly and revise it effectively. This edition features new principles of effective prose, boxed summaries for quick and easy review, and group exercises that encourage students to work and learn together.

Style encourages students to use their writing not only as a tool to identify and solve problems but as a method to explore their own thinking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321024084
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/29/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Style as Choice 1
Lesson 1 Understanding Style 3
Lesson 2 Correctness 13
Pt. 2 Clarity 39
Lesson 3 Clarity 1: Actions 41
Lesson 4 Clarity 2: Characters 71
Lesson 5 Cohesion and Coherence 100
Lesson 6 Point of View 122
Lesson 7 Emphasis 139
Pt. 3 Grace 157
Lesson 8 Concision 159
Lesson 9 Shape 185
Lesson 10 Elegance 210
Appendix Punctuating for Clarity and Grace 233
Glossary 255
Answers to Exercises 268
Acknowledgments 268
Index 269
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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    An Excellent Guide and Workbook on Editing

    Reviewed by C J Singh (Berkeley, California) <BR/><BR/>Even a brief browsing of Joseph Williams's STYLE: LESSONS IN CLARITY AND GRACE, ninth edition, would persuade most readers that it makes the much touted Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" look, well, elementary. Simplistic. If the seductively slender "Elements"--easily read in a day, no exercises to do--could deliver its claim, by the end of the day there'd be millions of excellent writers. Besides, Williams shows how Strunk & White flout their own advice to "omit unnecessary words": he edits their 199-word paragraph to just 51 words (Williams, pp. 126-28). Williams shows grace in conceding that "in boiling down that original paragraph to a quarter of its original length, I've bleached out its garrulous charm." <BR/><BR/>In his preface to the 289-page book, Williams urges the reader to "go slowly" as it's "not an amiable essay to read in a sitting or two.... Do the exercises, edit someone else's writing, then some of your own written a few weeks ago, then something you wrote that day." <BR/><BR/>I assigned STYLE as the main textbook in Advanced Editorial Workshop, a ten-week course, I taught at the University of California. Each term, students rated the book as excellent. (The prerequisite to the workshop was a review course, with the main textbook "The Harbrace College Handbook." Although STYLE includes a 32-page appendix summarizing punctuation rules and grammar, most readers would be well-advised to review a standard college handbook, such as Harbrace or Bedford. <BR/><BR/>Let's not forget that this is a text- and work-book -- occasional pedagogic tone is to be expected. On the whole, the author's voice sounds earnest, refreshingly honest: Commenting on what's new in the ninth edition: "Finally, I've also done a lot of line editing. After twenty-five years of revising this book, you'd think by this time I'd have it right, but there always seem to be sentences that make me slap my forehead, wondering how I could have written them." <BR/><BR/>His expository style is clear. An example: Introducing the concepts of cohesion and coherence, Williams writes, "We judge sequences of sentences to be cohesive depending on how each sentence ends and the next begins. We judge a whole passage to be coherent depending on how all the sentences in a passage cumulatively begin. . . . It's easy to confuse the words cohesion and coherence because they sound alike. Think of cohesion as pairs of sentences fitting together the way two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle do. Think of coherence as seeing what all the sentences in a piece of writing add up to, the way all the pieces in a puzzle add up to the picture on the box." <BR/><BR/>-- C J Singh

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

    Good advvse which can help everyone in the job place and at the workplace.

    Great book!!! Basic but helpful information.

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    Posted July 20, 2008

    The most important book I've ever read.

    A very useful book I wish I'd read earlier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    Simply the Best Writing Guide Ever

    I read the first edition back in 1981 as a first year judicial clerk/lawyer and it accelerated the improvement of the quality of my writing skill--to my great relief. It remains worthy of being the first book for professional writers to reach for to clear their heads and express their thoughts clearly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    Seventh Edition is out

    Seventh Edition of this title is out and is not listed on this site. Be careful you don't purchase the wrong edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    a must for anyone who writes

    this (short) book is a must for any writer, whether fiction, nonfiction or academic. the ten lessons help to make your sentences easier to read and understand.

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