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Eats, Shoots and Leaves The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

ISBN-10: 1592402038

ISBN-13: 9781592402038

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lynne Truss

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A bona fide publishing phenomenon, Lynne Trusss now classic #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" makes its paperback debut after selling over 3 million copies worldwide in hardcover. We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," former editor Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with. BACKCOVER: Praise for Lynne Truss and "Eats, Shoots & Leaves": "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" makes correct usage so cool that you have to admire Ms. Truss. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" Witty, smart, passionate. "Los Angeles Times Book Review," Best Books Of 2004: Nonfiction Who knew grammar could be so much fun? "Newsweek" Witty and instructive. . . . Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding. "USA Today" Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleeses Basil Fawlty. "Entertainment Weekly" Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service. "The Christian ScienceMonitor" This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. Its the perfect gift for anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who dont care enough. "The Boston Sunday Globe" Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate. "Elle" If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic Id nominate her for sainthood. Frank McCourt, author of "Angelas Ashes" Trusss scholarship is impressive and never dry. Edmund Morris, "The New York Times Book Review"
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Lynne Truss was born in 1955 in Kingston upon Thames, England. She received a first-class honors degree in English Language and Literature from University College London in 1977. After graduation, she worked for the Radio Times as a sub-editor before moving to the Times Higher Education Supplement as the deputy literary editor in 1978. From 1986 to 1990, she was the literary editor of The Listener and was an arts and books reviewer for The Independent on Sunday before joining The Times in 1991. She currently reviews books for The Sunday Times. She has also written numerous books including Tennyson's Gift; Going Loco; Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation; and Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door.