The New Well-tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 148 pages
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For over a decade THE WELL TEMPERED SENTENCE has provided instruction and pleasure to the wariest student and the most punctilious scholar alike. Now Karen Elizabeth Gordon has revised and enlarged her classic handbook with fuller explanations of the rules of punctuation, additional whimsical graphics, and further character development and drama -- all the while redeeming punctuation from the perils of boredom. For anyone who has despaired of opening a punctuation handbook (but whose sentences despair without one), THE NEW WELL TEMPERED SENTENCE will teach you clearly and simply where to place a comma and how to use an apostrophe. And as you master the elusive slashes, dots, and dashes that give expression to our most perplexing thoughts, you will find yourself in the grip of a bizarre and beguiling comedy of manners. Long-time fans will delight in the further intrigues of cover girl Loona, the duke and duchess, and the mysterious Rosie and Nimrod. The New Well-Tempered Sentence is sure to entertain while teaching you everything you want to know about punctuation. Never before has punctuation been so much fun!

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I bought this book thinking it might be a fun way for my 11-year old daughter, who is beginning home schooling this year, to learn grammar. She has been reading since she was four and she writes ... Read full review

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Grammar. That most hated of subjects - you either get it, or don't. Luckily, this book explains grammar using humorous sentences that both explain, and keeps a reader interested. And... its short ... Read full review

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Karen Elizabeth Gordon is the author of the classic and comic reference books The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, The New Well-Tempered Sentence, and Torn Wings and Faux Pas. Her wanderlusting fiction includes The Ravenous Muse, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales, and Paris Out of Hand. She lives in Berkeley, California and Paris.

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