Jacques Barzun offers 20 principles for good writing in Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers: Have a point and make it by means of the best. 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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Barzun gives us wonderfully trenchant tips on diction, tone, style, revision Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Write a customer review. Return to Book Page. This topic, then, is followed with about fifteen, or more, sentences that show examples of the subject being discussed.

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References to this book Doing Academic Writing in Education: Amy Koerber rated it liked it Jan 11, In print for a quarter of a century updated with a fourth edition inthe book is a “handbook for whoever wants to conquer some of the permanent difficulties of writing prose”. Simple and direct, great way to learn Books by Jacques Barzun.

Wesley Yu rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Direcr of Faculties and Provost.

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Following graduation, he joined Columbia’s faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master’s degree in and a doctorate in French history in Jul 12, Graham Mumm rated it really liked it. He retired from Columbia University in Share your thoughts with other customers. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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.

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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. RichardsSharon K. A Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun. Adam rated it really liked it Aug 26, Aside from a virtually meaningless index, we have no realistic way of using this book as a reference tool for attacking individual writing errors.

A writers’ guide to rhetoric first published inBarzun begins with fiction and covers most of the aspects of writing well: Lists with This Book.

One person found this helpful. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education. Nov 05, Akhil Jain rated it liked it Shelves: Common terms and phrases adjective adverb ambiguity avoid beginning Besseggen called clause clear cliches close simpel comes comma complete drect compound sentences confusion connotation credibility gap diction difference direct discussed earlier English error erwise euphemism example expression fact false feel follow give habit hyphens idea idiom idiomatic Jacques Barzun jargon keep kind language linking logic look malaprops Malocclusion mark Mark Twain meaning Mephistopheles metaphor mind modifiers sirect notes nouns object pair paragraph person phrases plain possible preposition Principle pronoun prose pseudo-technical punctuation question reader reason refer remember revising rhythm sense sentence serial comma short simple slang sound speech strong verbs style suggest sure talk tautology tence Terminiello thing thought tion tone Trent’s Last try square turn usage usually verb words writing written wrong.


Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In chapters on diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision, Barzun describes and prescribes the techniques to correct even the most Not entirely a bad book Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Write a customer review. Bucklin rated it really liked it May 27, Barzun scatters throughout his pages for general guidelines of decent writing. Account Options Sign in. Some good take-always about things not to do, but a simpe of this book felt stuffy and out-dated.