Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth

Torn Wings and Faux Pas: A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth

by Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Rikki Ducornet
     
 
Karen Elizabeth Gordon, in this engaging, Gothic, quick-fix handbook—an ideal complement to The Deluxe Transitive Vampire—playfully instructs her readers about grammar and style as she plunges them into her magical world teeming with a wildly imaginative menagerie of winged and terrestrial creatures. Six eccentric fictional authorities, including

Overview

Karen Elizabeth Gordon, in this engaging, Gothic, quick-fix handbook—an ideal complement to The Deluxe Transitive Vampire—playfully instructs her readers about grammar and style as she plunges them into her magical world teeming with a wildly imaginative menagerie of winged and terrestrial creatures. Six eccentric fictional authorities, including sex-changing Natty Ampersand and Medievalist Vargas Scronx, give the book a sense of send-up in addition to its trusty practicality. A farouche faun with cloven hoofs, black rats, sirens and sphinxes, turbaned serpents, dragons, brigands and a butler make their appearance in unforgettable sentences and imaginary landscapes, such as brooding Trajikistan, to beguile the reader through such confusions and corrections as dangling and misplaced modifiers, double negatives, parallel construction, and a voluptuous riot of word abuses and preferable usage.

Gordon also tames such confusing grammatical beasts as the elliptical clause, split infinitives, and many more. Rikki Ducornet has drawn more than fifty whimsical illustrations that capture the eccentric spirit of the text.

Torn Wings and Faux Pas makes the reader laugh out loud and shiver with pleasure while experiencing style, vocabulary, and the structures of language as a perpetual and fiendish delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679442424
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Elizabeth Gordon is the author of The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, The New Well-Tempered Sentence, The Ravenous Muse, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales, The Disheveled Dictionary, and Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide. She divides her time between Berkeley, California, and France.

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