Graphics Press has now published Virginia Tufte’s new book, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. A description of the book, some sample pages, and ordering. About adjectives: all fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences. They make sentences move. Probably the finest technical poem in English is. Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences really came together for me in the last chapter. I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the.

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The course I am taking Winter and Spring at The Evergreen State College is going through this book one chapter a week — which is a good pace, considering its dense, thought-provoking materia. Please verify that you are not a robot.

You both shall always remain treasured in my heart. I liked Grammar as Style better for the precise reasons others found the book less useful. Return to Book Page. What was slowing me down on my dissertation before was my preference for the long, conjuncted, subordinated, and dependent constructions of ideas I thought were prerequisites for academic prose.

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Well I think I will keep my Strunk and White close at hand. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Here prose, an example, her prose, an example. That it might slow me back to a crawl as I got bogged down in the opacity of my own prose. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Jan 10, Chanel Earl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is titillating, if you’re the kind of person who’s titillated by whole chapters on short sentences and parallelism.


I can see why students sentsnces be a little resistant to her. Jul 19, Len Joy rated it it was amazing. Perhaps students grew impatient with the great number of examples.

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Artful sentences : syntax as style

This article has 1 Comment Glad tuvte see your entry on Tufte. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Refresh and try again. I liked it and expect I’ll refer back to different parts of the book in the future. I recently purchased about book about some basic photography techniques. One of my favorite go-to books about writing. It contains superlative examples of each part of speech from well known and obscure writers. Diverse and gorgeous examples to teach grammar. For example, consider the introduction to The Noun as Fragment: Your list has reached the maximum number of items.

It is rich with examples — literally thousands of sentences from acclaimed and not so-acclaimed writers are examined.


I still don’t know what the logic was behind the division of topics. But Tufte makes it easier on them by defining many difficult terms, and an observant and patient reader can learn much.

Subjects English language — Rhetoric. And, like Zinsser, she also affirms that some authors do write beautifully with long, complicated sentences.

May 26, Manny rated it it was amazing. And after the movie, he could go next door to the Trolley Car Diner, where Jimmy, their boarder, would fry him a burger if he was not too busy. Virginia Tufte Find more information about: Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Elegant explanations of current thinking on matters of syntax, combined with numerous examples that demonstrate the differences between valid stylistic choices provide the reader, whether relatively new to grammatical thinking or confidently knowledgeable, with a tool to help understand and critique the way authors choose their words.

Fun book for writers and for any English language nerds out there. No trivia or quizzes yet. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript.