Stanley Fish, a New York Times columnist and professor, has long been an aficionado of language “I am always on the lookout for sentences that take your breath away, for sentences that make you say,‘Isn’t that something?’ or ‘What a sentence!’” Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving students an instant play-by-play.
Stanley Fish’s vibrant analysis takes students on a literary tour of great writers throughout history—from William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Henry James to Martin Luther King, Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Elmore Leonard. How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works.
In The Financial Times, Adam Haslett called How to Write a Sentence, “Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style.” And, the praise continues:
“The fun comes from the examples cited throughout: John Updike, Jane Austen . . . all are cited throughout.”—Washington Post
“This splendid little volume describes how the shape of a sentence controls its meaning.”—Boston Globe
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