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Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition) Paperback – January 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205747467 ISBN-10: 0205747469 Edition: 10th

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 10 edition (January 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205747469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205747467
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have used this book twice now while teaching a college reading and composition course.
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I haven't read many books on how to improve one's writing, but I definitely enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anybody.
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And the key to effectively communicating with the reader is to achieve balance in style, clarity, and grace.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By LPal on June 13, 2010
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Williams stands out in a crowded field of experts on writing. He delves into more detail than any other expert on the topics of clarity and coherence, providing a systematic approach to diagnosing a piece of writing and correcting its flaws. He even has insights about concepts for which I thought no new insight was possible, such as the concept of topic sentences. While most writing instructors will teach you to use topic sentences and where to place it, Williams goes into extensive detail about what makes a proper topic sentence (what he calls a point sentence)and how it must introduce not only the paragraph's characters and actions, but also the paragraph's themes or concepts. You might uncover the same principles of clear writing if you carefully study several style books, but why work so hard when Williams has distilled and explained the principles already in one book?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Singh on November 20, 2012
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Even a brief browsing of Joseph Williams's STYLE: LESSONS IN CLARITY AND GRACE, would persuade most readers that it makes the much touted Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" look, well, elementary. Simplistic. If the seductively slender "Elements" -- easily read in a day, no exercises to do -- could deliver its claim, by the end of the day there'd be millions of excellent writers. Besides, Williams shows how Strunk & White flout their own advice to "omit unnecessary words": he edits their 199-word paragraph to just 51 words (Williams, pp. 126-28). Williams shows grace in conceding that "in boiling down that original paragraph to a quarter of its original length, I've bleached out its garrulous charm."

In the preface, Williams urges the reader to "go slowly" as it's "not an amiable essay to read in a sitting or two.... Do the exercises, edit someone else's writing, then some of your own written a few weeks ago, then something you wrote that day."

I often assigned STYLE as the main textbook in Advanced Editorial Workshop, a ten-week course, I taught at the University of California. Each term, students rated the book as excellent. (The prerequisite to the workshop was a review course, with the main textbook "The Harbrace College Handbook." Although STYLE includes a 32-page appendix summarizing grammar and punctuation rules, most readers would be well-advised to review a standard college handbook, such as the Harbrace or Bedford. See my review of Bedford, seventh edition on Amazon.)

Amazon has published numerous reviews of STYLE's various editions. The one-star reviews criticize the author's own writing in the book as lacking grace.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By pwilli! on September 28, 2010
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This book contains informative lessons on grammar, sentence structure, clarity, concision, etc. The only problem I had with this book is the wordiness of the authors. Sometimes the lessons are extremely repetitive, sure it helps to drill it in your brain, but that's only if you're focused enough to keep reading. If you'd like the lessons in a shorter format, buy Style: The Basics in Clarity and Grace. You get the same lessons without the fluff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randi on September 28, 2010
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This text is a useful tool for a person trying to understand English style and grammar and how they work. The book even describes some elements of style that have changed over time (for example rules that have been made up or others that are obsolete). I am an English Comp. teacher at a university, and I plan to use this book as a resource in my class; it will help me articulate some of the errors I see frequently in papers.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cookiemonster on September 20, 2011
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This was one of the textbooks we used for our college writing course, and I have to admit I don't usually enjoy writing, and particularly, the grammar and style that needs to go into essays. When I heard that we had to do lessons on them with this textbook, I wasn't looking forward to it. But once I started reading, I found it to be quite interesting, as it doesn't emphasize the rules of writing, but more of writing coherently and clearly. The authors are very engaging, rather than just saying this is what you need to do in your writing. If you are looking for a book to help improve your writing style, I would say give it a try!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Deurbrouck on August 11, 2012
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Yum, grammar porn! I could watch Williams parse beautiful, grammatically sophisticated sentences all day long. I also appreciate his easy refreshers for concepts like 'nominalization,' 'summative clauses,' and the simple but not obvious difference between coherence and cohesion. These things only stay fresh in my mind if I take myself back to school now and then. Some reviewers have dinged the man for being, occasionally, a less-than-graceful writer. This doesn't detract from the book's value for me. What would, I think, if I had read them, were the exercises. I have no interest in reading bad writing for the purpose of practicing ways to improve it. I believe a fine-tuned ear comes from what you read. I skipped all of the exercises, wishing all the while that Williams had taken the Francine Prose approach, giving me page after page of lovely examples I could wallow in instead of messes he thought I'd enjoy cleaning up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By burntumber on November 23, 2013
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Get one of the older versions that Williams wrote alone. The later versions, like this one, are co-edited---poorly---by an academic with many extraneous prejudices and none of Williams' gifts.
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