Dash of Style The Art and Mastery of Punctuation

ISBN-10: 0393329801

ISBN-13: 9780393329803

Edition: N/A

Authors: Noah Lukeman

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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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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.60" wide x 7.80" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Triumvirate
The Period (the Stop Sign)
The Comma (the Speed Bump)
The Semicolon (the Bridge)
Into the Limelight
The Colon (the Magician)
The Dash and Parentheses (the Interrupter and the Advisor)
Quotation Marks (the Trumpets)
The Paragraph and Section Breaks (the Stoplight and the Town Line)
Proceed with Caution
The Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Italics, Points of Ellipsis, and the Hyphen
Epilogue: The Symphony of Punctuation
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