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The New Well Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed Hardcover – July 10, 1993
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"Gordon manages to make the period, question mark, exclamation point, comma, and semicolon sound friendly instead of forbidding." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Punctuation and other writing rules can be oh so tedious, but not so for Ms. Gordon's manual. I find myself laughing frequently while reading it. The sentences are constructed in such a way as to chisel themselves in one's mind, simply because of their enjoyable wording. Two of my favorites: for exclamation points, "How exciting to see you in traction again!"; and when demonstrating the use of the comma for salutation and serial items, "Dear Rosie and Nimrod, Thank you for the hospitality, the cold bath water, the stale beer, and everything."
Don't even get me started on the wardrobe composed in part of water moccasins and a spring-loaded girdle.
Writers just starting out can really use this, people needed a little stylish brush up this will be your cup of tea. Prose are everything, but those little dots, dashes and slashes can enforce the prose or sink them. But what to do what to do?...well here is a very easy to understand and absorb and apply 'Robert's Rules of Order' for all those punctuation marks that often seem contradictory. Gordon gives you the rules the differences and then offers you quick to grasp examples.
So, for young writers needed extra insurance or people away from the school room too long and needed a refresher course....
you cannot do better!!
Go ahead...make your editor happy!
Check it out at the library, get your own copy if it pleases you as much as it did me.