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Simple and Direct A Rhetoric for Writers

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ISBN-10: 0060937238

ISBN-13: 9780060937232

Edition: 4th 2001

Authors: Jacques Barzun

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In Simple & Direct, Jacques Barzun, celebrated author and educator, distills from a lifetime of writing and teaching his thoughts about the craft of writing. In chapters on diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision, Barzun describes and prescribes the techniques to correct even the most ponderous style. Exercises, model passages - both literary and unorthodox - and hundreds of often amusing examples of usage gone wrong demonstrate the process of making intelligent choices and guide us toward developing strong and distinctive prose.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Jacques Barzun was born in Cr�teil, France on November 30, 1907. He came to the United States in 1920 and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 1927. Following graduation, he joined Columbia's faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master's degree in 1928 and a doctorate in French history in 1932. He became a full professor in 1945, was dean of graduate faculties from 1955 to 1958, and dean of faculties from 1958 to 1967. He retired from Columbia University in 1975. He was a historian and cultural critic. The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: Critique of a Heritage; Romanticism and the Modern Ego; The House of Intellect; Race: A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers; A Stroll with William James; The Culture We Deserve; and From Dawn to Decadence. He died on October 25, 2012 at the age of 104.

Note to the Fourth Edition
Preface
Introduction
Diction, or Which Words to Use
Time Out for Good Reading I: Working and Thinking on the Waterfront
Linking, or What to Put Next
Time Out for Good Reading II: Aristotle on Detective Fiction
Tone and Tune, or What Impression Will It Make?
Time Out for Good Reading III: Language Defined
Meaning, or What Do I Want to Say?
Time Out for Good Reading IV: Hints for Sawing
Composition, or How Does It Hang Together?
Time Out for Good Reading V: The Law as Guarantee of Free Speech
Revision, or What Have I Actually Said?
Time Out for Good Reading VI
Hints Toward Improving the Quoted Sentences
Index of Words, Topics, and Authors