Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write.
Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it’s two words (“Jesus wept.”) or William Faulkner’s 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language.
Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Prof. Landon has a strong thesis: sentences should be longer, written with appropriate grammar, given the details and exposition the deserve, their length adjusted for pacing, negating more prominent calls for succinct sentence structure. In other words, don't let three sentences do the work of one. I believe his argument is strongest when he discusses pacing. However, if one were to, in a rush to become the perfect writer, skimming and sifting through stacks of writers' guides and magazine articles, ignoring advice that doesn't match one's current notions of good writing, skip to the pacing chapter, one would breeze past a stockpile of good advice. On the other hand, it also reads like a textbook at times; it makes sense, as Prof. Landon is employed by the greatest writing university in the nation. It also means that, compelled by his argument, you will read, even if you feel like it's homework at times.
This is an excellent approach to developing effective sentences.