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Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0199782512
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"...[S]urely some of the best work [Elbow] has done in his long and brilliant career. ... Elbow's book talks the talk and walks the walk: it is itself a demonstration of his subtitle--what speech can bring to writing. ... Bravo to Peter Elbow for this learned, provocative, and forward-looking book." --Andrea A. Lunsford, award-winning author of The St. Martin's Handbook


"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By alaskafan on December 29, 2013
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Anything Peter Elbow tells us about writing is absolutely "spot on!" He is easy to read, uses common sense, and adds much to any teacher's bag of tools. This is simply one more addition to a shelf made up mostly of his books. There us a saying, "If you can talk, you can write!" Elbow agrees!
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Peter Elbow is already known as a "readable" academic - bringing to light complex and interesting ideas with clarity and honesty. In Vernacular Eloquence he does it again - showing the important overlays between speech and writing and how unplanned speech can productively influence one's writing. This is a rich, readable foray into an important topic for writers and those who think about or study writing.
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Peter Elbow is one of the premiere innovators on writing in the classroom and at the tutoring table. Always provocative and always pushing toward naturalness in writing that helps students and all writers achieve their best, most engaging work. I recommend it!
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