- Hardcover: 944 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 2 edition (May 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0495899968
- ISBN-13: 978-0495899969
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Universal Keys for Writers (with 2009 MLA Update Card) 2nd Edition
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Ann Raimes, a respected authority on writing, research, grammar, and ESL, created the KEYS FOR WRITERS family of handbooks (Cengage Learning) to be the most accessible, user-friendly handbooks available.
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Note well that this is a book that may have "users" but not "readers," since it is ultimately unreadable: while it is credited to two authors (who acknowledge many more), it utterly lacks a distinctive and coordinating authorial voice--an absence that is mirrored by its layout, which is a riot of ocular insult that seems to have been conceived in total ignorance of the fundamentals of intelligible layout and typography.
In personal expression, such a lack of coherent authority is a simple token of weakness; but in a textbook designed to instruct, the absence is as fatal as setting off on a sea voyage in an ill-provisioned canoe with no navigational equipment.
Sadly (and predictably), the authors' lack of attention to the basic exposition of their subject is complemented by a superstructure of irrelevant sociological preachment and innuendo that adds a note of Stalinist coercion to the proceedings: at every turn, what should be straightforward and responsible grammatical exercises are warped into an endless cycle of variations on the theme of Political Correctness. This tendency receives continual support from an equally inexhaustible reservoir of false and viscid references to popular culture that can only sicken the healthy soul with their patronizing fakeness.
In short, this is an Orwellian nightmare that no caring teacher should inflict on his students, and no thinking school board should approve: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.