Writing Well

ISBN-10: 0321439015

ISBN-13: 9780321439017

Edition: 9th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Donald Hall, Sven Birkerts

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Co-authored by two esteemed writers,Writing Well, is a beautifully-written and thoroughly readable guide to the craft of writing prose.nbsp; nbsp; Donald Hall, National Book Critics Circle Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee, and Sven Birkerts, recipient of awards from the National Book Critics Circle and PEN, bring their talents to this concise, lively text that covers all aspects of writing but is best known for its signature chapters on words, sentences, and paragraphs. nbsp; Writing Essays, Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Grammar nbsp; General Interest; Improving Writing
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Book details

List price: $107.40
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Donald Hall ranks among our foremost writers. He is the author of numerous books of verse & prose, including "Without," "The Museum of Clear Ideas," & "The Old Life."

Joel Agee has translated numerous German authors into English, including Heinrich von Kleist, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Elias Canetti. In 2005 he received the Modern Language Association’s Lois Roth Award for his translation of Hans Erich Nossack’s The End: Hamburg 1943.        Sven Birkerts teaches at Mount Holyoke College and the Bennington Writing Seminary. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Foreword
Prefaces to the Ninth Edition
Introduction: Writing, and Writing Well
Writing to Make Contact
The Idea of an Audience
Honest and Dishonest Expression
Plagiarism
Examining the Words
Revising the Map
Themes and Revisions
Examples from Print
Disorganized Writing, Pompous Writing
Learning to Write Well
Daily Writing
Exercises
Reading, and Reading Well
The Reading Process
Reading Is Writing and Writing Is Reading
Reading as Detection/Reading as Construction
Philosophies and Politics
Reading Tone
Chaos or Consensus?
Reading in the Information Age
Reading as Rereading
Put the Blame on Blame
Active and Passive Readers
Close Reading
Practice in Response
Sight Reading
Exercises
Writing an Essay
Getting Ideas for Papers
Brainstorming
Sprinting
Cross-examining
Questions of Form
Selecting Detail
Writing the Draft
Beginnings
Endings
Revising and Invention
A Note on Impromptus
Biography of a Theme
Exercises
Words
The Smallest Unit
The Insides of Words
Words Themselves
No Synonyms
Literalness and Metaphor
Sense Words
Misusing the Insides of Words
Collecting Words
Words as Blanks
Words and Associations
Words and Audience
Revising Words
Exercises
Verbs
Action and the Choice of Style
Verbs with Nouns and Adjectives
Verbs with Participles
Verbs in the Passive Voice
Particular Verbs
Invisible Verbs
False Color in Verbs
Fancy Verbs
Made-up Verbs
Revising Verbs
Exercises
Nouns
Particularity and Choosing a Style
Abstract and Particular Nouns
Abstract Nouns: Beginnings and Endings
Invisible Nouns
Making Bad Nouns from Verbs
Fancy Nouns
Revising Nouns
Exercises
Modifiers
Qualities and Choosing a Style
Using Modifiers Well
The Modifier and the Cliche
The Modifier That Weakens the Noun
Modifiers as Weak Intensives
Automatic Modifiers
Nouns as Modifiers
Revising Modifiers
Exercises
Original Words: Comparisons
The Need for Originality
Overhearing Your Own Originality
Looking For Originality
Simile and Metaphor
Originality and Memory
Analogy
The Unintended Comparison
Looking for Analogies
Revising for Comparison
Revising Words
Exercises
Sentences
Style and the Sentence
Parts of Sentences
Types of Sentences
Simple Sentences
Compound Sentences
Complex Sentences
Compound-Complex Sentences
Incomplete Sentences
Exercises
Clarity, Coherence, Unity
Unity: Coordination and Subordination
Subordination: The Correct Conjunction
Coordination: Punctuating Compounds
Revising Sentences I
Exercises
Grammatical Coherence
Exercises
Structural Unity
Revising Sentences II
Exercises
Unity of Tone
Exercises
Variety and Unity
Long Sentences
Mixing the Types
Revising for Variety and Conciseness
Exercises
Paragraphs
Uses of Paragraphs
Paragraphs as Signs for Readers
Purpose and the Paragraph
Unity in the Paragraph
Unity and Topic Sentences
Coherence in the Paragraph
Coherence and Consistency
Coherence and the Paragraph: Transitions
Exercises
Development in the Paragraph
Some Ways of Developing Paragraphs
Development: Length and Completeness
Development: Order and Clarity
Development: Order and Forcefulness
The Order of Paragraphs
Revising Paragraphs
Exercises
Argument and Persuasion
Exposition
Advancing Our Position
Uses for Argument
Audience in Argument and Persuasion
Reasonableness in Argument
Time for the Opposition
The Order of Argument
Logic and Emotionalism
Style in Argument
Common Fallacies in Thinking
Looking for an Argument: Process
Exercises
Writing Research
Using the Library
The Library Catalogue
Locating Information
Specialized References and Databases
On-Line Research
The Internet
Other Electronic Sources
Documentation
The List of Works Cited
In-Text References
A Sample Research Project
A Brief Review of Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanics
Make Whole, Clear Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Exercises
Comma Splices
Exercises
Match the Parts of Sentences That Need Matching
Matching Subjects with Verbs
Exercises
Matching Pronouns with the Words They Refer To
Exercises
Connect Modifiers with What They Modify
Exercises
Keep the Sentence Consistent
Exercises
Keep Punctuation Clear
End Punctuation
Commas
Exercises
Semicolons
Apostrophes
Exercises
Quotation Marks and Punctuating Quotations
Other Marks of Punctuation
Exercises
Keep Mechanics Conventional
Abbreviations
Capital Letters
Manuscript Form
Numerals
Spelling
Exercises
A Glossary of Usage and Grammatical Terms
Acknowledgments
Author and Title Index
Subject Index
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