The New Oxford Guide to Writing

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - 327 Seiten
Many books on writing tell you how to think more creatively, how to conjure up an idea from scratch. Many, once you have an idea, show you how to express it clearly and elegantly. And many handbooks offer reliable advice on the use of commas, semicolons, and so forth. But The New Oxford Guide to Writing does all three, so that no matter where you find yourself in the writing process--from the daunting look of a blank page, to the rough draft that needs shaping, to the small but important questions of punctuation--you will find what you need in one handy volume.
Highlighted by numerous examples of successful prose--including marvelous, brief excerpts from Mark Twain, Joan Didion, H.L. Mencken, E.B. White, and Annie Dillard--this stimulating volume covers the entire subject step-by-step, clearly and authoritatively. It shows:
* How to use commonplace books and journals to store
ideas, how to brainstorm, how to explore a potential
topic systematically
* How to use a statement of purpose or an outline to
give preliminary shape to your material, how to use
drafts and revisions (and more revisions) to refine
your ideas
* How to open an essay clearly and interestingly, how
to lead the reader subtly, how to use qualifications
to express complexity without sacrificing impact
* How to organize ideas into a coherent paragraph, how
to vary sentence structure and length for variety and
emphasis
* How to select words that convey both information and
point of view
* And much, much more
In addition, it contains a useful appendix on punctuation, ranging from commas and periods to underlining and capitalization.
Whether you write for business or for pleasure, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro, The New Oxford Guide to Writing is an essential addition to your reference library, providing abundant assistance and encouragement to write with more clarity, more color, and more force.
 

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Kane, who also wrote the earlier Oxford Guide to Writing (1983), leads the student in some detail through such fundamentals as planning the writing project, grammar, style, and things to avoidall with ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Introduction
3
Subject Reader and Kinds of Writing
5
Strategy and Style
8
Grammar Usage and Mechanics
11
The Writing Process
15
Looking for Subjects
17
Exploring for Topics
20
Making a Plan
24
A Definition
111
Sentence Styles
119
1 Concision
140
2 Emphasis
147
3 Rhythm
163
4 Variety
171
Meaning
177
Clarity and Simplicity
190

Drafts and Revisions
28
The Essay
35
Beginning
37
Closing
47
Organizing the Middle
52
Point of View Persona and Tone
57
part in The Expository Paragraph 12 Basic Structure
67
Paragraph Unity
71
and Restatement
79
4 Definition
98
Concision
203
Figurative Language
213
Unusual Words and Collocations
234
Dictionaries
242
Description and Narration
251
Stops
278
The Other Marks
302
Index
319
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Thomas Kane was formerly Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury, where he taught writing for over twenty-five years. He co-edited The Short Story and the Reader and Writing Prose, Sixth Edition, both with Leonard J. Peters, and wrote The Oxford Guide to Writing.

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