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Stanley Fish

How to Write a Sentence

Stanley Fish How To Write A Sentence And How To Read One
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Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language. Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play.

In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader). How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works; it is a book that will stand the test of time.

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“[A] slender but potent volume. Fish, a distinguished law professor and literary theorist, is the anti-Strunk & White.”

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“[Fish’s] approach is genially experiential—a lifelong reader’s engagement whose amatory enthusiasm is an attempt to overthrow Strunk & White’s infamous insistences on grammar by rote.”

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“[Fish] shares his connoisseurship of the elegant sentence.”

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“A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language.”

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“A sentence is, in John Donne’s words, ‘a little world made cunningly,’ writes Fish. He’ll teach you the art.”

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“Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style.”

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“Coming up with all-or-nothing arguments is simply what Fish does; and, in a sense, one of his most important contributions to the study of literature is that temperament…Whether people like Fish or not, though, they tend to find him fascinating.”

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“Fish is a personable and insightful guide with wide-ranging erudition and a lack of pretension.”

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“For both aspiring writer and eager reader, Fish’s insights into sentence construction and care are instructional, even inspirational.”

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“How to Write a Sentence is a compendium of syntactic gems—light reading for geeks.”

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“How to Write a Sentence is a must read for aspiring writers and anyone who wants to deepen their appreciation of literature. If extraordinary sentences are like sports plays, Fish is the Vin Scully of great writing.”

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“How to Write a Sentence is the first step on the journey to the Promised Land of good writing.”

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“How to Write a Sentence isn’t merely a prescriptive guide to the craft of writing but a rich and layered exploration of language as an evolving cultural organism. It belongs not on the shelf of your home library but in your brain’s most deep-seated amphibian sensemaking underbelly.”

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“If you love language you’ll find something interesting, if not fascinating, in [How to Write a Sentence].”

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“In this small feast of a book Stanley Fish displays his love of the English sentence. His connoisseurship is broad and deep, his examples are often breathtaking, and his analyses of how the masterpieces achieve their effects are acute and compelling.”

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“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”

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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.”

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“Stanley Fish just might be America’s most famous professor.”

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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.”
 —Roy Blount Jr.
 
“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”
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Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of  great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.


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