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Still, no stodgy codger he. Barzun merely asks that you "have a point and make it by means of the best word." If that means splitting an infinitive or substituting a "which" for a "that," so be it. Just be sure that the decision to do so is conscious and informed. Once you've found the right word, you can move on to writing sentences and then leaning them against one another until they form paragraphs. Only when you've gotten it all down, says Barzun, should you allow yourself the pleasure of revision. "Unlike the sculptor," he says, "the writer can start carving and enjoying himself only after he has dug the marble out of his own head." --Jane Steinberg --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. 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 author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before passing away at age 104.
Very helpful and entertaining read. It contains exercises for the reader that get progressively more difficult. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christoph Koehler
The late Mr. Barzun made a variety of basic but necessary points throughout the book. If one has no sense of style, or is unable to construct even a basic sentence without... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wes Oblander
This is one of the best books on writing out there. The author is very full of himself, like a Nicholas Taleb but his views, tips and examples are gold. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kris Tuttle
A practical guide to writing well. It will help anyone get on the right track.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
There were some items that I could take away from reading this book from cover to cover. This was a 'should read' in another book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by James E. Oloughlin
I was hoping to use this to teach writing in English. However, it was mostly a book to read about "how" with few exercises or useful tools to use. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by AUDREY MALE