Revising Business Prose by Richard LanhamRevising Business Prose by Richard Lanham

Revising Business Prose

byRichard Lanham

Paperback | July 19, 1999

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As its title implies, this book deals with revising, not with original composition. In business writing, where a first draft often emerges quickly under the pressures of facts, figures, and deadlines, revision is typically the major part of a writing task, and collaborative revision often produces the final document. Revising Business Prose provides detailed revision guidance and a collaborative approach to writing easily applied to writing in business, industry, government, and academics. Based on the premise that bad writing in organizations imitates the bureaucratic style The Official Style, as it's called here this book shows readers how to transform stilted, dense prose into plain English. For anyone interested in the revision process in every business writing context.

About The Author

Born on April 26, 1936, Richard Lanham was educated at Yale, receiving a B.A. in 1956, an M.A. in 1960, and a Ph.D. in 1963. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, Lanham worked briefly for the Smithsonian Institution and then took a position teaching English at Dartmouth College. In 1965, he moved to the University of Californi...
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Title:Revising Business ProseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:117 pages, 8.4 × 5.3 × 0.4 inPublished:July 19, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205309445

ISBN - 13:9780205309443

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Table of Contents


1.Who's Kicking Who?

2.Sentence Shapes.

3.Voices of Authority.

4.An Economics of Attention.

Appendix: Terms.


From Our Editors

Business writing is vastly different than any other kind. Most first drafts of business reports and other writings involve facts, figures and deadlines. In Revising Business Prose, readers will learn how to make the proper changes to first draft material to make it clear, interesting and informative. Most importantly, readers will learn how to change difficult business language into plain English. This book is a valuable reference guide for anyone who works in the editing and revising of business documents.