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Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives by [Arthur Plotnik]
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About the Author

Arthur Plotnik is a versatile author with a distinguished background in editing and publishing. Among his seven previous books (not to mention 22 pseudonymous potboilers early in his career) are The Elements of Editing and The Elements of Expression, both Book-of-the-Month Club selections, and the best-selling Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style. His articles, op-eds, and literary pieces have been published widely, including his columns in The Writer magazine, on whose editorial board he serves.Plotnik studied under Philip Roth in the Iowa Writers Workshop, was a reporter for the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union, and after earning a second graduate degree, worked as a Library of Congress staffer in Washington and magazine editor in New York. He received numerous honors and awards as a long-time editor and publisher with the American Library Association in Chicago. He lives in that city with his wife and an avalanche tumble of jottings for Better than Great.


An energetic escape from the literary languor that enwreathes writers and speakers addicted to stale adjectives.

-- "College & Research Library News"

Arthur Plotnik is a masterly expert on the use and the writing of the English language...a master of superlatives.

-- "Milt Rosenberg, host of WGN Radio's Extension 720"

Do you feel...sometimes that you're stuck on a couple of words, unable to move beyond them? Well then, we have the book for you!

-- "Robin Young, host of WBUR's Here and Now"

It's difficult to describe how a thesaurus is entertaining, but the author has managed it. From the sheer number of quality adjectives, I imagine I would find one in this terrific-scratch that-frabjous compendium.

-- "Portland Book Review"

Plotnik's 'acclamatory hoard' is every bit as entertaining as it is useful. And (to lift one phrase) that ain't exactly chopped herring, considering it gives this critic some six thousand substitutes for feeble old amazing and its ilk.

-- "Bruce Ingram, film and entertainment critic, Sun-Times Media / Pioneer Press"

Well-written, and engaging...All readers will...find it supremely fascinating to learn of the express greatness.

-- "ForeWord "

What could be as fabulous, stupendous, showstopping, socko-boffo, and epiphanic as this neatly organized, humorous yet helpful 'acclamatory hoard' of words for praising?

-- "Jim Higgins, book editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"

Whether you use this book...when stuck for a thwackingly good superlative turbocharge your vocabulary,'ll find the...industrial-strength verbal inventiveness that you're seeking.

-- "Writer magazine"

Zestfully written, this...reviviscent, wordy fun is to be read as well as consulted, and what gonzo joy awaits language lovers as Plotnik serves up high-fiveable hot sauce for the brain.

-- "Booklist (Starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B0056IJJVW
  • Publisher : Viva Editions (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication date : July 12, 2011
  • Language : English
  • File size : 762 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 280 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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