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The Norton Field Guide to Writing Paperback – July 14, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0393977769 ISBN-10: 0393977765 Edition: Pck

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The Norton Field Guide is one of the best rhetorics I’ve seen at achieving essential coverage and brevity. It gives guidance to new instructors and flexibility to others. …The readings are great.” (Nedra Reynolds, University of Rhode Island)

“The level of detail is perfect. …It leaves room for the instructor to move about to add material, to pitch the content in his or her particular way. Writers, even student writers, want advice, not directives. In years of reviewing, I have seen few books that offer something new and valuable and interesting. The Norton Field Guide is one. The innovation it offers is long overdue.” (Paul Heilker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

“The amount of detail is perfect. Students will find this book easy to understand—and will appreciate not being overloaded with information.” (Mitzi Walker Jones, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith)

“The beauty of the Field Guide is that it can conform to any style of teaching and appeal to any pedagogical approach.”” (Tony Procell, El Paso Community College)

“I would highly recommend the book to anyone new to the freshman composition classroom.” (DaRelle Rollins, Hampton University) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Bullock (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is a professor of English at Wright State University, where he directs the writing programs and serves as assistant chair of the English department. His scholarship and teaching focus on the teaching of writing in college and secondary school. The Politics of Writing Instruction: Postsecondary, which he coedited with John Trimbur and Charles I. Schuster, won the 1993 Conference on College Composition and Communication Book Award.


Maureen Daly Goggin (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is the Associate Chair of the English Department at Arizona State University, where she has also directed several of the writing programs and the Ph.D. program in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics. She recently received the ASU Alumni Association Faculty Teaching Award and is the author of Authoring a Discipline: Scholarly Journals and the Post-World War II Emergence of Rhetoric and Composition (2000).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.; Pck edition (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393977765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393977769
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie on February 27, 2012
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This was a purchase for my daughters college writing class. She seemed to like this book the best out of the three other required books for the class. Arrived on time and in good condition.
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By tank.2020 on February 24, 2014
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I purchased this book for my son who needed it for a college class. Unfortunately the campus book store didn't offer the edition he needed.
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By Kaytlyn on January 19, 2014
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I bought this book for school. It was exactly as the description said and was in very good condition. I am happy with my purchase.
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By Forrest on October 8, 2013
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Book came in great condition and really fast :D. Im really pleased with the purchase cause I really needed it badly for my English.
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By Vbrn on August 16, 2013
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I bought it for my English Comp. I class. I do not have complaint at all. Thank you so much.
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By ZIzou on July 19, 2013
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The book got to me on time but I realized that it wasn't the one I was looking for because this one was little and too many chapters were missing. I was so disappointed!! Thanks
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I was pleased with the quality of this product. It is a very good value for the low price. Fast shipping.
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16 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caffeinated Plum on January 19, 2007
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The three (not quite redeeming) strengths of this book are its reasonable price, readability, and great example essays for each genre of writing discussed - some essays by professional writers and some by first-year college writing students. The example essays represent a broad range of styles and voices, allowing students to see the variety of "right ways" that a person might write in a particular genre.

As a teacher, however, I feel books such as this are something of a waste of time for my students. The only way a person can truly improve at writing is to write, not sit around and read about writing. Aside from the example essays, the reading itself is terribly dry, and I would in fact prefer that my students spent their time reading socially relevant and thought-provoking texts and freewriting on them instead of reading this text. Most basic writing-process guidelines that a freshman comp student will ever use (if he or she hasn't already learned them in high school) can be found in more multipurpose texts such as Diana Hacker's _Writer's Reference_. The number of items I assign my students to read in this book each semester is not even worth their buying it in the first place.

If you are considering this book, I urge you to look over the much denser and more helpful _A Writer's Reference_ instead and save your students the money for this field guide.
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