Style / Edition 2

Style / Edition 2

by Richard A. Lanham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589880323

ISBN-13: 9781589880320

Pub. Date: 07/01/2007

Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated

“A necessary manual for those interested in the perpetuation, and the possibilities, of good English prose.”—Harper’s Magazine

“[Lanham’s] style is notable for its audacity, liveliness, and grace.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“The most applicably provocative book on the subject of prose style

Overview

“A necessary manual for those interested in the perpetuation, and the possibilities, of good English prose.”—Harper’s Magazine

“[Lanham’s] style is notable for its audacity, liveliness, and grace.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“The most applicably provocative book on the subject of prose style available. Imperative reading for all teachers and students of writing.”—Choice

This humorous and accessible classic on style calls for the return of wordplay and delight to writing instruction. Richard Lanham argues that many tomes on writing, with their trio of platitudes—clarity, plainness, sincerity—lie “upon the spirit like wet cardboard.”

"People seldom write to be clear. They have designs on their fellow men. Pure prose is as rare as pure virtue, and for the same reasons…The Books [Lanham’s term for misguided composition textbooks], written for a man and world yet unfallen, depict a ludicrous process like this: 'I have an idea. I want to present this gift to my fellow man. I fix this thought clearly in mind. I follow the rules. Out comes a prose that gift-wraps thought in transparent paper.' If this sounds like a travesty, it’s because it is one. Yet it dominates prose instruction in America."—from Chapter 1

Richard A. Lanham is professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of Rhetorica, Inc., a consulting and editorial services company. He is the author of numerous books on writing, including A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms, Analyzing Prose, The Electronic Word, and most recently, The Economics of Attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589880320
Publisher:
Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Origins     1
Preface to the First Edition     5
The Prose Problem and "The Books"     7
The Uses of Obscurity     37
The Opaque Style     71
The Delights of Jargon     105
Poetic Prose     137
Essential Hypocrisies     155
The Ultimate Morality of Mind     169
Sequels     187
Notes for Further Reading     195
Works Cited in Text     209

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