Joseph M. Williams, University of Chicago
Joseph Bizup, University of Chicago
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace reflectsthe wisdom and clear authorial voice of Williams’ best-selling book, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, while streamlining every chapter to create a very brief, yet powerfully direct guide to writing with style.
The concise clarity of this book makes it a handy reference for anyone interested in good writing--as well as a quick and ideal guide for freshman composition courses, writing courses across the disciplines, and as a supporting text in courses that require clear and direct writing. Style: The Basics covers the elemental principles of writing that will help students diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of their prose quickly and revise effectively. The text features principles of effective prose written in Williams’ hallmark conversational style, offering reason-based principles, rather than hard and fast rules, for successful, effective writing.
The lesson on “Motivating Coherence” and the lesson on “Global Coherence” have been moved to become Lessons 6 and 7 respectively. This move continues the trajectory of the last few editions where the importance of global or document-level features of texts was increasingly emphasized. Now, rather than moving from sentence-level to document-level issues, the book follows the logic of its subtitle and proceeds from clarity to grace
In response to readers’ suggestions, some explanations have been streamlined and examples have been updated to better appeal to today's students.
Lesson 1 Understanding Style
Lesson 2 Actions
Lesson 3 Characters
Lesson 4 Cohesion and Coherence
Lesson 5 Emphasis
Lesson 6 Global Coherence
Lesson 7 Concision
Lesson 8 Shape
Lesson 9 Elegance
Lesson 10 The Ethics of Style
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