A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
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"Takes the straitjacket off punctuation....Lukeman's wit and insight make this an instant classic."—M. J. Rose

The first practical and accessible guide to the art of punctuation for creative writers. Punctuation reveals the writer: haphazard commas, for example, reveal haphazard thinking; clear, lucid breaks reveal clear, lucid thinking. Punctuation can be used to teach the writer how to think and how to write. This short, practical book shows authors the benefits that can be reaped from mastering punctuation: the art of style, sentence length, meaning, and economy of words. There are full-length chapters devoted to the period, the comma, the semicolon, the colon, quotation marks, the dash and parentheses, the paragraph and section break, and a cumulative chapter on integrating them all into "The Symphony of Punctuation." Filled with exercises and examples from literary masters (Why did Poe and Melville rely on the semicolon? Why did Hemingway embrace the period?), A Dash of Style is interactive, highly engaging, and a necessity for creative writers as well as for anyone looking to make punctuation their friend instead of their mysterious foe.
 

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

This book is unique. A book about punctuation, but it doesn't deal with grammar; this isn't a book about rules, but about creative choices, about how the use of commas, periods and semi-colon builds a ... Read full review

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User Review  - JanettLeeWawrzyniak - LibraryThing

This book is for creative writers. This means writers of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and screenplays,including anyone seeking to write well, for business, school or any other endeavor. This ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
The Comma the Speed Bump
44
The Semicolon the Bridge
69
Part2INTO THE LIMELIGHT
87
The Dash and Parentheses
111
Quotation Marks the Trumpets
139
The Paragraph and Section Breaks
159
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
181
Suggested Reading
203
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Noah Lukeman is the author of several bestselling books on the craft of writing, among them A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. Noah lives in New York City, where he runs a literary agency.

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