How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish 006184053X 9780061840531
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Coming up with all-or-nothing arguments is simply what Fish does; and, in a sense, one of his most important contributions to the study of literature is that temperament Whether people like Fish or not, though, they tend to find him fascinating.|“[Fish] shares his connoisseurship of the elegant sentence.”|“In this small feast of a book Stanley Fish displays his love of the English sentence. His connoisseurship is broad and deep, his examples are often breathtaking, and his analyses of how the masterpieces achieve their effects are acute and compelling.”|“A sentence is, in John Donne’s words, ‘a little world made cunningly,’ writes Fish. He’ll teach you the art.”|“This splendid little volume describes how the shape of a sentence controls its meaning.”|“Fish is a personable and insightful guide with wide-ranging erudition and a lack of pretension.”|“If you love language you’ll find something interesting, if not fascinating, in [How to Write a Sentence].”|[Fishs] approach is genially experiential-a lifelong readers engagement whose amatory enthusiasm is an attempt to overthrow Strunk & Whites infamous insistences on grammar by rote.|“For both aspiring writer and eager reader, Fish’s insights into sentence construction and care are instructional, even inspirational.”|“Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style.”|Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.|“The fun comes from the examples cited throughout: John Updike, Jane Austen…all are cited throughout.”|“How to Write a Sentence is a must read for aspiring writers and anyone who wants to deepen their appreciation of literature. If extraordinary sentences are like sports plays, Fish is the Vin Scully of great writing.”|“You’d get your money’s worth from the quotations alone…if you give this book the attention it so clearly deserves, you will be well rewarded.”|“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”|“A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language.”|“How to Write a Sentence is the first step on the journey to the Promised Land of good writing.”|“Stanley Fish just might be America’s most famous professor.”|“How to Write a Sentence isn’t merely a prescriptive guide to the craft of writing but a rich and layered exploration of language as an evolving cultural organism. It belongs not on the shelf of your home library but in your brain’s most deep-seated amphibian sensemaking underbelly.”|“How to Write a Sentence is a compendium of syntactic gems—light reading for geeks.”|[A] slender but potent volume. Fish, a distinguished law professor and literary theorist, is the anti-Strunk & White.

Author: Stanley Fish

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 176

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2012-08-07


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