Style An Anti-Textbook

ISBN-10: 1589880323
ISBN-13: 9781589880320
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.10" wide x 8.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"A necessary manual for those interested in the perpetuation, and the possibilities, of good English prose."- Harper's Magazine "[Lanham's] style is notable for its audacity, liveliness, and grace."- The Times Literary Supplement "The most applicably provocative book on the subject of prose style available. Imperative reading for all teachers and students of writing."- Choice This humorous and accessible classic on style calls for the return of wordplay and delight to writing instruction. Richard Lanham argues that many tomes on writing, with their trio of platitudes-clarity, plainness, sincerity-lie "upon the spirit like wet cardboard." People seldom write to be clear. They have designs on their fellow men. Pure prose is as rare as pure virtue, and for the same reasons. . . . The Books [Lanham's term for misguided composition textbooks] , written for a man and world yet unfallen, depict a ludicrous process like this: "I have an idea. I want to present this gift to my fellow man. I fix this thought clearly in mind. I follow the rules. Out comes a prose that gift-wraps thought in transparent paper." If this sounds like a travesty, it's because it is one. Yet it dominates prose instruction in America. Richard A. Lanham is professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of Rhetorica, Inc., a consulting and editorial services company. He is the author of numerous books on writing, including A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms, Analyzing Prose, The Electronic Word, and most recently, The Economics of Attention.

Born on April 26, 1936, Richard Lanham was educated at Yale, receiving a B.A. in 1956, an M.A. in 1960, and a Ph.D. in 1963. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, Lanham worked briefly for the Smithsonian Institution and then took a position teaching English at Dartmouth College. In 1965, he moved to the University of California at Los Angeles, eventually becoming the executive director of writing programs. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities senior fellow in 1973-74. Lanham is the author of numerous books on writing, including Style: An Anti-textbook, The Motives of Eloquence: Literary Rhetoric in the Renaissance, Revising Prose, Revising Business Prose, Analyzing Prose, and Literacy and the Survival of Humanism. He has also contributed articles to English Literary Renaissance, Modern Language Quarterly, English Studies, and other journals. Richard Lanham married Carol Dana in 1957.

Origins
Preface to the First Edition
The Prose Problem and "The Books"
The Uses of Obscurity
The Opaque Style
The Delights of Jargon
Poetic Prose
Essential Hypocrisies
The Ultimate Morality of Mind
Sequels
Notes for Further Reading
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