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Professor of English and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Cheryl Glenn is widely known for her scholarship, leadership, and teaching. Besides authoring The Harbrace Guide to Writing and co-authoring The Harbrace Handbooks, she is author of the prize-winning Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance; Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence; Rhetorical Education in America; and several other titles. Glenn's rhetorical scholarship has earned her many awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Conference on College Composition and Communication's Richard Braddock Award, Rhetoric Review's Outstanding Essay Award, and Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has served as President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, and is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Executive Committee, Chair of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on the History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition, and a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. Glenn's teaching and scholarship have earned her three university teaching awards. She has recently served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the largest organization of writing and rhetoric teachers in the world.

Professor of English at Central Washington University, Loretta Gray has three degrees related to her interest in composition and applied linguistics: Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (School for International Training), Master of Arts in Spanish (Middlebury College), and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Boston University). She has experience teaching English to non-native speakers in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. In addition, she taught Spanish at Clemson University and applied linguistics at the School for International Training. Dr. Gray has been teaching composition and applied linguistics courses at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, since 1992. She also is co-author of the textbook Rhetorical Grammar.
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  • Hardcover: 813 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 18th edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111346704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111346706
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Wheeler on February 25, 2014
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This book is a great reference for any writing rules. It has a straightforward, concise definition of each type of punctuation, each part of a sentence, and more. It includes examples for usage of each item within the book. If you are looking for a straightforward guide to how to write in English, this is the book for you. Anyone who can read English will find what they need to know to be able to also write properly in the pages of this book. However, this is not a book to be read from cover-to-cover. This is very strictly a reference book - kind of like a dictionary, except that this book is for every part of writing instead of individual words.

I am rating this book 5 stars for the following reasons:

- It is an imperative tool for writers.
- It contains exactly what you need to know without anything extra.
- The contents are easy to navigate for quick access to what you need at the moment.
- Descriptions and definitions of terms are exact and concise - leaving little room for misunderstanding or error.
- This is a book that I could recommend to anyone looking to write anything from a short essay to a technical paper or novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bearieq on December 13, 2013
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Strunk and White is much better known, but the Harbrace College Handbook (as it used to be called) is much more useful. I've had my old edition for 35 years now, and I still consult it to doublecheck a point or explain something to someone else. It's an essential reference for anyone who wants to write correctly instead of like an uneducated dunderhead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber Martin on June 30, 2013
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Bought this book for a freshman Honors English class--probably the most useful English reference book ever! Great for MLA/APA citations. I will definitely use this for all of my future papers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RAINSTATEBEAR on October 29, 2013
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Great book, really makes understanding grammar very easy. I learned so much just after the first few chapters. So happy I purchased it instead of renting
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReneeTeenieWilson on December 14, 2013
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Well organized and detailed writing resource for all. A MUST have for high school and college as well as a future writing resources beyond. The additional resources provided are a gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DBL10 on December 23, 2013
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Originally, I had to use the Harbrace for undergrad. I quickly realized I would greatly benefit from a new Harbrace for my Doctoral writing. I would definitely recommend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad Johnston on April 1, 2015
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by Cheryl Glenn & Loretta Gray © 2013, 70th anniversary edition.
page 103. "Past Perfect. Ms. Jones <had been> called for jury duty twice last year." WRONG. Correct is 'was'.
page 106. "The Perfect Subjunctive. She wishes she had participated in the scholarship competition", is correct.
pages 688 & 689, there are 10 items of interest relating to the present perfect and the past perfect.
Present perfect: To signal that a situation originating in the past is continuing into the present:"They have lived in New Zealand for twenty years", is RIGHT (if, and only 'if', they still live there).
To refer to a past action that has current relevance: "I have read that book already, but I could certainly read it again." is WRONG. Correct is, "I READ that book already".
The past perfect tense is <also> formed by combining the auxiliary 'have' with the past participle. However, the auxiliary is in the past tense. There is only one form of the past perfect. RIGHT and important to remember.
"Past Perfect Tense. "I, you, he, she, it, they HAD WORKED" is WRONG. In the absence of context, those words are NOT 'past perfect'.
"The past perfect tense specifies that an action was completed at a time prior to another time or before another past action." WRONG. That would let us say that in the sentence, "Aristotle lived before Christ was born", the word "lived" is past perfect, which it is NOT. The sentence is correct without 'had', obviously.
There are three examples under "Uses of the past perfect: By the time he turned forty, he had earned enough money for retirement, She had already mailed the letter when she realized her mistake, and, My job had begun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patti Waters on February 15, 2014
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Teacher/course recommended. Using for scientific writing course. Comes in handy for filling in the correct words and way of writing in the course.
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