The New Oxford Guide to Writing

The New Oxford Guide to Writing

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Many books on writing tell you how to think more creatively, conjure up an idea, and how to express it clearly and elegantly. Many handbooks offer reliable advice on the use of commas, semicolons and so forth. But The New Oxford Guide to Writing does all three, so that no matter where you find yourself in the writing process - from the daunting look as a blank page, to the rough draft that needs shaping, to the small but important questions of punctuation -
you will find what you need in one handy all-inclusive volume. Highlighted by numerous examples of successful prose - including marvellous brief excerpts from Mark Twain, Joan Didian, H. L. Mencken, E. B. White and Anne Dillard - this stimulating volume covers the entire subject step by step, clearly and
authoritatively. It shows: How to use commonplace books and journals to store ideas, how to brainstorm, how to explore potential topics, sound methods of constructing an outline, the best way to open an essay clearly and interestingly, how to select words that convey both information and point of view ... and much more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 233 x 21mm | 484g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line illustrations
  • 0195090594
  • 9780195090598
  • 69,230

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Whether you write for business or for pleasure, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro, 'The New Oxford Guide to Writing' is an essential addition to you reference library, providing abundant assistance and encouragement to write with more clarity, more color, and more force.
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"Guides to writing--some in print, others in software--continue to proliferate; the best-written this year is "The New Oxford Guide to Writing."--William Safire, New York Times Sunday Magazine
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About Thomas S. Kane

Thomas Kane was formerly Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury, where he taught writing for over twenty-five years. He co-edited The Short Story and the Reader and Writing Prose, Sixth Edition, both with Leonard J. Peters, and wrote The Oxford Guide to Writing.
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