Getting Down to Specifics

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HarperCollins Publishers, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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Contents

The Writing Process
3
Talking Out Ideas
9
THE PROCESS OF WRITING
12
Writing in Collaboration
19
Using the Senses
23
The Paragraph
35
THE PARAGRAPH
36
Summary
38
Intercultural Communication
181
Prejudice in Intercultural Communication by Richard W Brislin
189
Death and Life after Death
207
REVIEW OF WRITING MECHANICS
227
Solving Problems with Verbs
240
Ambiguous Pronoun Reference
255
Solving Problems with Punctuation
258
The Semicolon
267

Paragraph Outlining
45
Details
57
Description
73
Description
75
Comparison and Contrast
84
Comparison and Contrast
87
The Party
90
Analysis
93
Structure of a Paragraph Developed by Analysis
98
THE ESSAY
119
Prewriting for the Essay
135
Prewriting for the Essay
139
Research
143
Research
145
An Ancient Tradition by James G Thompson
160
Pivotal Experiences
168
The Physical Miseducation of a Former Fat Boy by Louie Crew
176
Editing
280
Answer Key for Review of Writing Mechanics
283
Credits
297
Indexes
299
Preface
309
The Writing Process
2
Using the Senses
6
The Paragraph
8
Details I13
14
Description I15
16
Comparison and Contrast I17
18
Analysis I19
20
Prewriting for the Essay I24
26
Research I29
29
Competition and Cooperation I30
32
Pivotal Experiences I33
34
Copyright

About the author (1991)

Family Voices
"The Retreat," says Christopher Tilghman, "is modeled after my family's farm in Maryland. Tilghmans were all over the Eastern Shore in the 17th and 18th centuries, for the most part enriching themselves at the expense of others. They were prominent in the Revolutionary War mostly because they were tired of sharing their abundance with the king. Since then they have steadily declined, but the farm through certain miracles and detours has remained in the family."
Tilghman, who now lives with his wife and three sons in rural Massachusetts, began writing after graduating from Yale and serving briefly in the Navy. When publishing success at first eluded him, he earned a living at a sawmill in New Hampshire, and built a post-and-beam house with hand tools on a hilltop in Vermont. Moving back to the more urban environment of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he became a corporate copywriter and sometime journalist before publishing In a Father's Place, a highly-praised collection of short stories. Mason's Retreat is his first novel.

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