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    DescriptionFrom classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase--such as "O Captain! My Captain!" or "To be or not to be"--memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, "The Elements of Eloquence "proves that you don't need to have anything important to say--you simply need to say it well. In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style.

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    The Elements of Eloquence
    Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Forsyth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 199 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 191 g
    ISBN 13: 9780425276181
    ISBN 10: 042527618X

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    BIC subject category V2: CB
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    LC classification: PE
    BISAC V2.8: LAN014000
    Abridged Dewey: 422
    BISAC V2.8: LAN024000
    Thema V1.0: CB, CFF
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Berkley Publishing Group
    Publication date
    07 October 2014
    Author Information
    Mark Forsyth, author of "The Horologicon" and "The Etymologicon," was given a copy of "The Oxford English Dictionary" as a christening present and has never looked back. He is the creator of "The Inky Fool," a blog about words, phrases, grammar, rhetoric, and prose. He has contributed to the" New York Times," "Wall Street Journal," and "Huffington Post." He lives in the UK.
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    Praise for "The Horologicon" "This is not a book to be gulped down at a sitting, but gently masticated to be savored in small bites...[Forsyth's] irreverent commentary on the history of the terms and when to use them is worth reading...Every page contains a new jewel for logophiles and verbivores everywhere."--"Publishers Weekly" "Forsyth's fascinating entries employ erudite humor and playful historical anecdotes to make these dusty old words sound fresh again. In doing so, he succeeds in creating a book to be not just browsed but absorbed. Get ready to be impressed and entertained."--"Library Journal" Praise for "The Etymologicon" "The Facebook of books...Before you know it, you've been reading for an hour."--"The Chicago Tribune" "A breezy, amusing stroll through the uncommon histories of some common English words...Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal."--"Kirkus Reviews" "The stocking filler of the season...How else to describe a book that explains the connection between Dom Perignon and "Mein Kampf"."--Robert McCrum, "The Observer"