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The Art of Readable Writing

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ISBN-13: 978-0020464709
ISBN-10: 0020464703
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About the Author

Rudolf Flesch, PhD. is the author of over twenty books including The Art of Plain Talk and Johnny Can't Read.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020464703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020464709
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Eric Bluestine on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book first appeared in 1949. In 1974, Flesch revised it by writing postscripts to each chapter. Basically he denounced much of what he had written 25 years earlier. If you're interested in learning about Flesch's readablility formula, I suggest you buy his book How to Write, Speak, and Think More Effectively, which, incidentally, is still in print and provides a good introduction to Flesch's work. My advice is to buy (used) the following books by Flesch, none of which are in print: 1) How to Make Sense (1954), 2) The Art of Clear Thinking (1951), 3) The Art of Plain Talk (1946), 4) How to be Brief (1962), and 5) Say What You Mean (1972). If you're still set on buying The Art of Readable Writing, I recommend that you buy the 25th Anniversary Edition (1974) with Flesch's improvements and corrections. I think you'll find that his postscripts are far more interesting than the original text.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the previous review's misinformation, this is not a book on penmanship, but a guide to improving your writing in the sense of composition. As such it is a worthwhile book, and worth your time, but probably only after you have finished with the Elements of Style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Stipe on March 26, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read an earlier edition of this book while in undergraduate school & was happy to review it again after all these years. I haven't found the exact quote yet, but remember that it was to claim that the Reader's Digest was so easy to read was that it was written at the 8th grade level.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Newman on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book nearly fifty years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Duke. At the time, I found it very helpful, and I believe it had a significant impact for the better on my writing style. This is not to say that my style is all that good, though I am sure that it would be considerably better if I had followed all of Flesh's advice. I am in the process of reading it again, together with a pair of internationals whom I am helping with their English. The thing I (and my brother) are finding is how dated the verbal illustrations and language are, now that the book (first published in 1949) is over sixty yers old!
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