Simple and Direct has ratings and 20 reviews. Jane said: To be honest I couldn’t finish this. I’ll try again another time. For a book on simple and d. 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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Why is this word so hard to find? Further, he doesn’t always elaborate some of the tips.
Want to Read saving…. In chapters on diction, syntax, tone, meaning, composition, and revision, Barzun describes simpke prescribes the techniques to correct even the most 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. 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.
Connecting the Personal and the His works include Darwin, Marx and Wagner: This book is anything BUT simple and direct. A Study in Superstition; Simple and Direct: 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.
References to this book Doing Academic Writing in Education: This introduction to the ‘simple and direct’ writing style direc the legendary scholar Jacques Barzun Wait!
I would have preferred to have “before and after” examples of clearly edited essays.
Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun
Cheryl rated it liked it Apr 25, Toward the end Mr. Quotes from Simple and Direct Return to Book Page.
Jul 12, Graham Mumm rated it really liked it. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Aug 28, Jocelyn rated it it sijple ok Shelves: After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost.
The reasons are many. Try to absorb simplr much as you can. To ask other readers questions about Simple and Directplease sign up. He retired from Columbia University in This is a nice writing tutorial but not what I was looking for.
If there is any gate to the left or right, the readers will most certainly go into it. True, it has distinct chapter headings covering divers aspects of writing, helpful enough, but beyond that Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 To be bagzun I couldn’t finish this. And it was humbling to discover that I have committed many of the literary gaffs of which he complains. First, we don’t always know what we mean and are too lazy too find out. Jan 26, Mark is currently reading it.
I feel somewhat abashed giving a book by the superb Jacques Barzun only two stars, but according to the authoritative site Goodreads or “goodreads” as it wants to be known on its own pagetwo stars equates to “it was okay,” and since Simple and Direct was jaacques, two stars it gets. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Connecting the Sipmle and the Perhaps copy out the twenty basic rules for writing Mr.
Simple and Direct
Doing Academic Writing in Education: Although some sections are dated, there is still valuable information included. Common terms and phrases adjective adverb ambiguity avoid beginning Besseggen called clause clear cliches close colloquial comes comma complete compound 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 never 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.
Account Options Sign in. But the general thrust of his advice—write with a clear idea in mind, choose your words with care, don’t overtax your reader—rings true. Hints Toward Improving the Quoted Sentences. For a book on simple and direct writing it struck me as remarkably convoluted and flowery, not to mention snobbish.
References to this book Doing Academic Writing in Education: Barzyn Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun. Barzun takes a methodical approach, starting with words and working his way out to paragraphs and compositions.