Building Great Sentences

Building Great Sentences

How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read

Book - 2013
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Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language - and will forever change the way you read and write. Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it's two words ('Jesus wept.') or William Faulkner's 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom! , sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language. Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences - including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson - to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences. 'The most erudite, readable book anyone has ever written on the sentence.' Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, Colby College 'An Elements of Style for the prodigious. Building Great Sentences is a service to writers and a joy to read.' R. M. Berry, professor, Florida State University
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780452298606
Characteristics: xv, 267 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 11, 2017

Writing can be difficult. Lots of people find it so. This book provides the missing half of modern-day writing instruction, giving, as it does, easy-to-follow (but not necessarily easy to implement) examples of cumulative sentences, the types of sentences that readers enjoy, the types of sentences that writers cherish, the types of sentences that can put style and life into otherwise dead prose. Highest recommendation.

Aug 11, 2014

I'm pretty sure Brooks Landon is having fun with this. However, by lecture 8 I was finding it tedious beyond words. As a wannabe writer I found this material to be less than useful. I.e. it drained out of me my desire to write.


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