Dash Of Style: The Art And Mastery Of Punctuation by Noah LukemanDash Of Style: The Art And Mastery Of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman

Dash Of Style: The Art And Mastery Of Punctuation

byNoah Lukeman

Paperback | March 27, 2007

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The first practical and accessible guide to the art of punctuation for creative writers. Punctuation reveals the writer: haphazard commas, for example, reveal haphazard thinking; clear, lucid breaks reveal clear, lucid thinking. Punctuation can be used to teach the writer how to think and how to write. This short, practical book shows authors the benefits that can be reaped from mastering punctuation: the art of style, sentence length, meaning, and economy of words. There are full-length chapters devoted to the period, the comma, the semicolon, the colon, quotation marks, the dash and parentheses, the paragraph and section break, and a cumulative chapter on integrating them all into "The Symphony of Punctuation." Filled with exercises and examples from literary masters (Why did Poe and Melville rely on the semicolon? Why did Hemingway embrace the period?), A Dash of Style is interactive, highly engaging, and a necessity for creative writers as well as for anyone looking to make punctuation their friend instead of their mysterious foe.
Noah Lukeman is the author of several bestselling books on the craft of writing, among them A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. Noah lives in New York City, where he runs a literary agency.
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Title:Dash Of Style: The Art And Mastery Of PunctuationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.77 × 5.54 × 0.57 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393329801

ISBN - 13:9780393329803

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You don't want to miss out on this wonderful book We always thought we know how to use our punctuations; we might even claim that we are good at it, at least getting it right most of the time. But just that once, you read somebody else's (how about a Mr. ABC) writings and noticed a new usage of the semi-colon! You were so surprised that Mr. ABC actually used the semi-colon right after the magic word "include" to start a long list of miscellaneous grocery items. You smelt something fishy there but you dared not mark him wrong - what if that was the gap of your knowledge. Mr. ABC was wrong, but you were wrong too. You were wrong not to have checked out the Dash of Style by Noah Lukeman earlier. Never too late, read it now, or else you would never be able to pick out when I used punctuations wrongly in this paragraph. Cheers.
Date published: 2008-08-24

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