Style

Series
Longman
Author
Joseph M. Williams / Gregory G. Colomb  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
4
Language
English
Total pages
168
Pub.-date
May 2011
ISBN13
9780205830763
ISBN
0205830765
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Description

Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace reflects the wisdom and clear authorial voice of Williams' best-selling book, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, while streamlining every chapter to create a very brief, yet powerfully direct guide to writing with style.

The concise clarity of this book makes it a handy reference for anyone interested in good writing--as well as a quick and ideal guide for freshman composition courses, writing courses across the disciplines, and as a supporting text in courses that require clear and direct writing. Style: The Basics covers the elemental principles of writing that will help students diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of their prose quickly and revise effectively. The text features principles of effective prose written in Williams' hallmark conversational style, offering reason-based principles, rather than hard and fast rules, for successful, effective writing.

Features

  • Adapted from Williams' best-selling Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, now in its ninth edition, The Basics provides a direct, highly readable, and concise conversation on style for students learning the principles of successful writing.
  • Emphasizes the strategies for diagnosing our own prose to anticipate the judgments of readers-and to make readers think better of what we write and therefore pay more attention to it.
  • Provides a model for good writing in any context clear, accessible prose.
  • Summarizes quick and easy steps to writing effectively.

New to this Edition

  • A new chapter on global coherence replaces one on correctness, reflecting a greater emphasis on creating a compelling argument rather than on individual errors.
  • New and expanded content focuses on how to prepare readers to identify and understand the coherent whole in any piece of writing-and thus to make that writing more effective.
  • All chapters have been edited to ensure they reflect the contemporary realities of writing, including the role of current technologies in the writing process.

Table of Contents

Preface

Lesson One:  Understanding Style 

Lesson Two: Actions 

Lesson Three: Characters 

Lesson Four: Cohesion and Coherence 

Lesson Five: Emphasis 

Lesson Six: Concision 

Lesson Seven: Shape 

Lesson Eight: Elegance 

Lesson Nine:  Global Coherence

Lesson Ten:  The Ethics of Style 

Index


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