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Simple & Direct

Simple & Direct
Author: Jacques Barzun
ISBN 13: 9780060937232
ISBN 10: 60937238
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2001-12-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $14.99

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, tone, meaning, composition, and revision guide the reader through the technique of making the written word clear and agreeable to read. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing examples of usage gone wrong show how to choose the right path to self-expression in forceful and distinctive words.

Washington Post - Doris Grumbach

Theory and instruction will only go so far. For the rest of the journey the student of the craft of writing needs the company of others who know the way. Barzun in his instruction and by the example of his own prose is an excellent choice of travelling companion.