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Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read

Brooks Landon.
Item #: D13600
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 267 / 2013
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 9780452298606
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Whether it's two words ("Jesus wept") or William Faulkner's 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Luxuriating in the pleasures of language, the University of Iowa's 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.


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