How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

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Harper Collins, Jan 25, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 176 pages
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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.”
 —Roy Blount Jr.
 
“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”
—Booklist

Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of  great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

 

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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

I loved this exploration of the potential, power, and beauty that can be contained in one sentence. I highly recommend this to readers and writers. Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Fish is the same obnoxious, pompous ass intellectual he's always been but he does have some interesting and entertaining things to say about the appreciation and craft of writing in this book. Read full review

Contents

one Why Sentences?
1
two Why You Wont Find the Answer
13
three Its Not the Thought That Counts
25
four What Is a Good Sentence?
35
five The Subordinating Style
45
six The Additive Style
61
The Return of Content
89
eight First Sentences
99
nine Last Sentences
119
ten Sentences That Are About Themselves
133
Epilogue
159
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Stanley Fish is a professor of law at Florida International University in Miami, and dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University. He is the author of fourteen books, most recently Fugitive in Flight and Save the World on Your Own Time. He lives in Andes, New York, and New York City.

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