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Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric Hardcover – November 15, 2010

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"The most immediate pleasure of this book is that it heightens one's appreciation of the craft of great writers and speakers. Mr. Farnsworth includes numerous examples from Shakespeare and Dickens, Thoreau and Emerson, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. He also seems keen to rehabilitate writers and speakers whose rhetorical artistry is undervalued; besides his liking for Chesterton, he shows deep admiration for the Irish statesman Henry Grattan (1746-1820), whose studied repetition of a word ("No lawyer can say so; because no lawyer could say so without forfeiting his character as a lawyer") is an instance, we are told, of conduplicatio. But more than anything Mr. Farnsworth wants to restore the reputation of rhetorical artistry per se, and the result is a handsome work of reference." --Henry Hitchings, Wall Street Journal

"Not only educational but delightful." --David Mamet

"Every writer should have this book." --Erin McKean, editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly and CEO of wordnik.com

"I must refrain from shouting what a brilliant work this is (praeteritio). Farnsworth has written the book as he ought to have written it -- and as
only he could have written it (symploce). Buy it and read it -- buy it and read it (epimone)." --Bryan A. Garner, author of The Elements of Legal Style

An engaging and accessible guide, valuable to all who wish to improve their rhetorical skills or better appreciate the abilities of others. ----Library Journal

So, dear reader, I say it even if I say it myself -- get this book! No, really, get this book! Read clever Farnsworth, and read him again, and you may become more clever yourself. --Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Many things, from dictators to advertising, have made modern people suspicious of and cynical about language mobilized to move us. Fortunately, Ward Farnsworth's delightful swim in a sea of well-chosen words should help to rehabilitate the reputation of rhetoric." --George F. Will, syndicated columnist

From the Back Cover

Advance Praise for Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric:

Not only educational but delightful.
- David Mamet

I must refrain from shouting what a brilliant work this is (præteritio). Farnsworth has written the book as he ought to have written it - and as only he could have written it (symploce). Buy it and read it - buy it and read it (epimone).
- Bryan A. Garner, author of The Elements of Legal Style

Many things, from dictators to advertising, have made modern people suspicious of and cynical about language mobilized to move us. Fortunately, Ward Farnsworth's delightful swim in a sea of well-chosen words should help to rehabilitate the reputation of rhetoric.
- George F. Will, syndicated columnist
Every writer should have this book.
- Erin McKean, editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly
Ward Farnsworth's invaluable review of classical English rhetoric is not only a vital tool for aiding clear expression, but a timely reminder that, despite the confusion of the present technological age, human nature, and our ability to communicate in clear and often beautiful ways, are unchanging.
- Victor Davis Hanson, co-author of Who Killed Homer?: The Demise of Classical Education & the Recovery of Greek Wisdom


Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Hardcover : 253 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1567923852
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1567923858
  • Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Publisher : David R. Godine, Publisher (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 87 ratings