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New York. 1979. Random House. 1st Printing Of This New Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 290 pages. hardcover. 0394506154. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 4255. FROM THE PUBLISHER-This stimulating book meets a great and genuine need. It is stimulating because it is based on a psychological insight into the writer's and the reader's mind. And it meets a need of our times because it shows in a straightforward way how anyone may improve his writing style. Anyone who wants to know what is good English and what is bad should keep this book handy; and every man and woman – from the private letter writer to the business executive, government official, and even professional author-would be better off with the knowledge of the why and wherefore of English usage which it offers. Yet the book will entertain as well as profit its readers, for it is done in the clever and pungent style typical of these two quick-witted authors. It opens with a colorful panorama of the development of English style, from King Alfred to James Joyce, highlighted by the authors' pithy comments. There are chapters on The Peculiar Qualities of English, and The Present Confusion of English Prose. Then comes a second part in which, using examples from the works of eminent authors, Mr. Graves and Mr. Hodge show how the various common faults of writing occur, and suggest ways in which they could have been avoided. Such a book-satisfying, profitable, and amusing-can have a most salutary effect on contemporary prose.
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