Simple and Direct has ratings and 20 reviews. Jane said: To be honest I couldn’t finish this. I’ll try again another time. For a book on simple and d. A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. His discussions of diction, syn. A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. His discussions of diction, syntax.
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His works include Darwin, Baarzun and Wagner: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jacques Martin Barzun was a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He retired from Columbia University in No eBook available Amazon.
But the general thrust of his advice—write with a clear idea in mind, choose your words with care, don’t overtax your reader—rings true.
Barzun attempts to instruct us, is almost wholly useless in this work. His discussions of diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. A Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun.
Account Options Sign in. He became a full professor inwas dean of graduate faculties from toand dean of faculties from to Very good so far. Jul 14, Jane rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.
He retired from Columbia University in Barzun gives his take on diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision to guide you like a college student through making your writing clear and pleasant to read.
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Helps with sentence structure. He came to the United States in and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in No nonsense guide on writing and writing elegantly. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing ex.
Mar 28, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: First, we don’t always know what we mean and are too lazy too find out. This was a very difficult read and even though the author gave examples of jargon, misplaced or misused words, and unnecessary phrases, I don’t feel like a better writer for having read it. To be honest I couldn’t finish this.
Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
Jul 12, Graham Mumm rated it really liked it. Published December 18th by Harper Perennial first published Jane rated it liked it Jul 25, Hints Toward Improving the Quoted Sentences.
A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. Account Options Sign in.
This is a nice writing tutorial but not what I was looking for. I’m not really sure what the ultimate function of this book is: Although some sections are dated, there is still valuable information included.
No eBook available Simppe. Kathryn rated it it was amazing Feb 17, And it was humbling to discover that I have committed many of the literary gaffs of which he complains. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Johnson – I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road.
There are better style books out there.
The core of his work was the importance of studying history to understand the present and a fundamental respect for intellect.