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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199782512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199782512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you aim to improve your own writing, help others improve theirs, understand more about written language, or just want to enjoy enthusiastic, passionate writing at its best, this book is for you. With a disarmingly simple thesis about what spoken language contributes to writing, Vernacular Eloquence makes major contributions to theory and to practice." --David Barton, author of Literacy: An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language


"What a wonderful, enticing book! As only he can, Peter Elbow explores the intricate relationship between speech and writing with broad learning, bold thinking, and a finely tuned sensibility." --Mike Rose, author of An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity


"English and speech-communication educators, linguists, cognitive psychologists, and writers will find this book is filled with a multitude of insightful ideas for application-and scholarly research."-Rosalind Horowitz, editor of Talking Texts: How Speech and Writing Interact in School Learning


"This title should greatly interest English language and linguistics scholars and teachers. Any readers willing either to dig deep or skim and skip will also find fresh ideas and renewed energy for writing." - Library Journal


"More philosophically rigorous, more historically nuanced, and more socially engaged...and [...] still delivers the sort of deeply refreshing, commonsensical, practical wisdom about the writing process that has become synonymous with his name." --Rhetoric Review


"The book is organized in a unique and purposeful manner...Highly recommended." --Choice


About the Author

Peter Elbow is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and former director of its Writing Program. He is the author of Writing Without Teachers, Writing With Power, Embracing Contraries, and Everyone Can Write.

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It's practical and easy to read.
Kate K.
I think any teacher of writing at any level or genre can benefit from reading this book.
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This is simply one more addition to a shelf made up mostly of his books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bogart on January 24, 2013
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Peter Elbow is like a stone in the shoe of the educational establishment. Rather than harp on about models and methods, Elbow gets to the original impulse for language: speech, writing as a form of speech, and understanding all the ranges of Englishes, audience, form, expression that create the writing we value. Vernacular Eloquence taps into the insights we have from spoken language to help us in our quest to write freely and naturally. I love all of Elbow's books and have found his insights to match my direct experience, teaching writing to students 8-18 over the last nearly 15 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By traildigger15 on September 6, 2014
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This book was assigned to my class to read for a college english course. I had a love-hate relationship with it for the few weeks we were assigned to read from it, due to the fact that it takes a very long time to make very excellent points. Not entirely suitable for a college text, but something instead I would rather read on my own without a pressing time schedule to adhere to. It came to the point where I could literally read the first and last (and sometimes not even the last) sentence of each paragraph and still very well contribute to discussion during class time. After reading thoroughly the first few assignments, I gave up and used the extra time to work on more pressing homework I had to do. It was not entirely a pleasant thing to do though as I genuinely found the points that Elbow makes to be fascinating, and I wanted to read more, but could not due to the time restraint.

Overall if your professor assigns you this book to read (and you are not a very speedy reader), you can easily get away with glancing over the pages to pick up the main content. If you are reading this for yourself though, a genuine read is worth every minute it takes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Gallo on July 3, 2014
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Dialogue is important. Listening to people talk is too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate K. on February 3, 2014
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I'm a web writer and editor, and I reference this book all the time. It's practical and easy to read. I especially love the part about reading out loud as a self-editing tool.
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