Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Paperback)

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Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of language—and will forever change the way you read and write.

Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether it’s two words (“Jesus wept.”) or William Faulkner’s 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language.

Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentences—including Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnson—to reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.

About the Author

Dr. Brooks Landon is Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Professor of English and Collegiate Fellow at The University of Iowa and Director of the University’s General Education Literature Program. He lives in Iowa.

Praise For…

“The most erudite, readable book anyone has ever written on the sentence.”—Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, Colby College
“An Elements of Style for the prodigious, Building Great Sentences is a service to writers and a joy to read.”—R.M. Berry, professor, Florida State University

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452298606
ISBN-10: 0452298601
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: June 25th, 2013
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Great Courses