Writing Public Prose

How to Write Clearly, Crisply, and Concisely Robert M. Knight ... If you have made it this far into the book, you must have picked up that its writer doesn't think much of outlines as aids to writing public prose. One writer and teacher ...

Author: Robert M. Knight

Publisher: Marion Street Press

ISBN: 9781936863273

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 108

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Offering aspiring authors dependable skills beyond the high school classroom, this reference covers the essentials of composing superior prose. Clear instructions on all aspects are featured, including approaching a topic, penning a solid introduction, bringing a story together, and editing for precision. Guaranteed to make every word count and maintain an appropriate energy level, this expert handbook is also filled with real-world examples of published writing--both good and bad--providing quick and humorous advice for all writers looking to showcase their work in speeches, broadcasting, or on the internet.

Editor Proof Your Writing

Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing—writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words—in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, ...

Author: Don McNair

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351782

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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Veteran editor Don McNair lays out an easy-to-follow and systematic method for clearing up foggy writing—writing that's full of extra, misused, and overused words—in this guide to producing sparkling copy that attracts readers, agents, editors, and sales. McNair explains the common mistakes made by most writers and shows how eliminating unnecessary words strengthens action, shorten sentences, and makes writing crackle with life. Containing 21 simple, straightforward principles, Editor-Proof Your Writing teaches how to edit weak verb forms, strip away author intrusions, ban redundancies, eliminate foggy phrases, correct passive-voice sentences, slash misused and overused words, and fix other writing mistakes. A superb addition to any writer's toolkit, this book will not only make writing clearer and more grammatical, it will also make it more concise, entertaining, and appealing to publishers.

Reading Like a Writer

By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters.

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061751898

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

The Development of English Prose Style

... consequently three periods of English not so much by different classes of próse writers , writers . as by the ... classes of those for whom prose has been written ; the gradual expansion of what has been called the “ literary public ...

Author: Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher


ISBN: UVA:X030756518

Category: English literature

Page: 34

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The Best of the World s Classics prose Volume 9

Upon that theory this collection has been formed. It is an attempt to give examples from all periods and languages of Western civilization of what is best and most memorable in their prose literature.

Author: Henry Cabot Lodge

Publisher: 谷月社


Category: Literary Collections


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Volume IX (of X) - America Ever since civilized man has had a literature he has apparently sought to make selections from it and thus put his favorite passages together in a compact and convenient form. Certain it is, at least, that to the Greeks, masters in all great arts, we owe this habit. They made such collections and named them, after their pleasant imaginative fashion, a gathering of flowers, or what we, borrowing their word, call an anthology. So to those austere souls who regard anthologies as a labor-saving contrivance for the benefit of persons who like a smattering of knowledge and are never really learned, we can at least plead in mitigation that we have high and ancient authority for the practise. In any event no amount of scholarly deprecation has been able to turn mankind or that portion of mankind which reads books from the agreeable habit of making volumes of selections and finding in them much pleasure, as well as improvement in taste and knowledge. With the spread of education and with the great increase of literature among all civilized nations, more especially since the invention of printing and its vast multiplication of books, the making of volumes of selections comprizing what is best in one's own or in many literatures is no longer a mere matter of taste or convenience as with the Greeks, but has become something little short of a necessity in this world of many workers, comparatively few scholars, and still fewer intelligent men of leisure. Anthologies have been multiplied like all other books, and in the main they have done much good and no harm. The man who thinks he is a scholar or highly educated because he is familiar with what is collected in a well-chosen anthology, of course, errs grievously. Such familiarity no more makes one a master of literature than a perusal of a dictionary makes the reader a master of style. But as the latter pursuit can hardly fail to enlarge a man's vocabulary, so the former adds to his knowledge, increases his stock of ideas, liberalizes his mind and opens to him new sources of enjoyment. The Greek habit was to bring together selections of verse, passages of especial merit, epigrams and short poems. In the main their example has been followed. From their days down to the "Elegant Extracts in Verse" of our grandmothers and grandfathers, and thence on to our own time with its admirable "Golden Treasury" and "Oxford Handbook of Verse," there has been no end to the making of poetical anthologies and apparently no diminution in the public appetite for them. Poetry indeed lends itself to selection. Much of the best poetry of the world is contained in short poems, complete in themselves, and capable of transference bodily to a volume of selections. There are very few poets of whose quality and genius a fair idea can not be given by a few judicious selections. A large body of noble and beautiful poetry, of verse which is "a joy forever," can also be given in a very small compass. And the mechanical attribute of size, it must be remembered, is very important in making a successful anthology, for an essential quality of a volume of selections is that it should be easily portable, that it should be a book which can be slipt into the pocket and readily carried about in any wanderings whether near or remote. An anthology which is stored in one or more huge and heavy volumes is practically valueless except to those who have neither books nor access to a public library, or who think that a stately tome printed on calendered paper and "profusely illustrated" is an ornament to a center-table in a parlor rarely used except on solemn or official occasions. I have mentioned these advantages of verse for the purposes of an anthology in order to show the difficulties which must be encountered in making a prose selection. Very little prose is in small parcels which can be transferred entire, and therefore with the very important attribute of completeness, to a volume of selections. From most of the great prose writers it is necessary to take extracts, and the chosen passage is broken off from what comes before and after. The fame of a great prose writer as a rule rests on a book, and really to know him the book must be read and not merely passages from it. Extracts give no very satisfactory idea of "Paradise Lost" or "The Divine Comedy," and the same is true of extracts from a history or a novel. It is possible by spreading prose selections through a series of small volumes to overcome the mechanical difficulty and thus make the selections in form what they ought above all things to be—companions and not books of reference or table decorations. But the spiritual or literary problem is not so easily overcome. What prose to take and where to take it are by no means easy questions to solve. Yet they are well worth solving, so far as patient effort can do it, for in this period of easy printing it is desirable to put in convenient form before those who read examples of the masters which will draw us back from the perishing chatter of the moment to the literature which is the highest work of civilization and which is at once noble and lasting. Upon that theory this collection has been formed. It is an attempt to give examples from all periods and languages of Western civilization of what is best and most memorable in their prose literature. That the result is not a complete exhibition of the time and the literatures covered by the selections no one is better aware than the editors. Inexorable conditions of space make a certain degree of incompleteness inevitable when he who is gathering flowers traverses so vast a garden, and is obliged to confine the results of his labors within such narrow bounds. The editors are also fully conscious that, like all other similar collections, this one too will give rise to the familiar criticism and questionings as to why such a passage was omitted and such another inserted; why this writer was chosen and that other passed by. In literature we all have our favorites, and even the most catholic of us has also his dislikes if not his pet aversions. I will frankly confess that there are authors represented in these volumes whose writings I should avoid, just as there are certain towns and cities of the world to which, having once visited them, I would never willingly return, for the simple reason that I would not voluntarily subject myself to seeing or reading what I dislike or, which is worse, what bores and fatigues me. But no editor of an anthology must seek to impose upon others his own tastes and opinions. He must at the outset remember and never afterward forget that so far as possible his work must be free from the personal equation. He must recognize that some authors who may be mute or dull to him have a place in literature, past or present, sufficiently assured to entitle them to a place among selections which are intended above all things else to be representative. To those who wonder why some favorite bit of their own was omitted while something else for which they do not care at all has found a place I can only say that the editors, having supprest their own personal preferences, have proceeded on certain general principles which seem to be essential in making any selection either of verse or prose which shall possess broader and more enduring qualities than that of being a mere exhibition of the editor's personal taste. To illustrate my meaning: Emerson's "Parnassus" is extremely interesting as an exposition of the tastes and preferences of a remarkable man of great and original genius. As an anthology it is a failure, for it is of awkward size, is ill arranged and contains selections made without system, and which in many cases baffle all attempts to explain their appearance. On the other hand, Mr. Palgrave, neither a very remarkable man nor a great and original genius, gave us in the first "Golden Treasury" a collection which has no interest whatever as reflecting the tastes of the editor, but which is quite perfect in its kind. Barring the disproportionate amount of Wordsworth which includes some of his worst things—and which, be it said in passing, was due to Mr. Palgrave's giving way at that point to his personal enthusiasm—the "Golden Treasury" in form, in scope, and in arrangement, as well as in almost unerring taste, is the best model of what an anthology should be which is to be found in any language.

Maze of Justice

An Egyptian comedy of errors.

Author: Tawfīq Ḥakīm


ISBN: UOM:39015015495511

Category: Authors, Arab

Page: 135

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An Egyptian comedy of errors. Partly autobiographical, it is in the form of a diary by a young public prosecutor posted to a village in rural Egypt. Imbued with the ideals of a European education, he encounters a world of poverty and backwardness, red tape and incompetence of state officials.

Justice of the Peace

Where a public prosecutor institutes or inpolice or stipendiary magistrate having power plaint is made before justices against any ... Majesty's Solicitor General . tbe same is in writing , a copy thereof : Provided that PART I. ( 3. ) ...



ISBN: UOM:35112100154584

Category: Justices of the peace


View: 406


Irish Writing

I intend to look at this transformation in the texture of Swift's writing by comparing three kinds of his public prose: first, political rhetoric (The Conduct of the Allies and The Drapier's Letters); second, mock-projecting essays (An ...

Author: Paul Hyland

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349217557

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This is a collection of original essays by international scholars which focuses on Irish writing in English from the eighteenth century to the present. The essays explore the recurrent motif of exile and the subversive potential of Irish writing in political, cultural and literary terms. Case-studies of major writers such as Swift, Joyce, and Heaney are set alongside discussions of relatively unexplored writing such as radical pamphleteering in the age of the French Revolution and the contribution of women writers to Nationalistic journalism.

Expanding the Canon of Early Modern Women s Writing

Public and private are recurrent terms in genre/gender readings of Osborne's letters. According to Genie Lerch-Davis, Osborne knowingly rebels against the tradition of public prose she inherits via epistolary manuals to develop a ...

Author: Paul Salzman

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443823623

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

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This exciting collection of original essays on early modern women’s writing offers a range of approaches to a growing field. As a whole, the volume introduces readers to a number of writers, such as Mirabai and Liu Rushi, who are virtually invisible in Anglophone scholarship, and to writers who remain little known, such as Elizabeth Melville, Elizabeth Hatton, and Jane Sharpe. The volume also represents critical strategies designed to open up the emergent canon of early modern women’s writing to new approaches, especially those that have consolidated the integration of literary and intellectual history, with an emphasis on religion, legal issues, and questions of genre. The authors expand the methodological possibilities available to approach early modern women who wrote in a diverse number of genres, from letters to poetry, autobiography and prose fiction. The sixteen essays are a major contribution to an area that has attracted the interest of a number of fields, including literary studies, history, cultural studies, and women’s studies.

Reports of All the Cases Decided by All the Superior Courts Relating to Magistrates Municipal and Parochial Law

... harassing , and Public Prosecutions ; or if the prosecutor , disclosvexatious proceedings it is hardly possible to ing all necessary facts to the judge , obtained his conceive . Now , whatever uncertainty may consent in writing ...

Author: Great Britain. Courts


ISBN: UOM:35112103820603

Category: Law reports, digests, etc


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Reports of All the Cases Decided by All the Superior Courts Relating to Magistrates Municipal and Parochial Law

... harassing , and Public Prosecutions ; or if the prosecutor , disclosvexatious proceedings it is hardly possible to ing all necessary facts to the judge , obtained his conceive . Now , whatever uncertainty may consent in writing ...

Author: Great Britain. Magistrates' cases


ISBN: STANFORD:36105062710681

Category: Justices of the peace


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Christine de Pizan Texts intertexts contexts

Christine's writing , with its strong vein of advocacy , was public and active . In prose works like the Corps de policie , the biography of Charles V , the Livre de la paix , and even in the Cité des dames and the Livre des trois ...

Author: Marilynn Desmond

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816630801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 287

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Christine de Pizan, an Italian-born writer in French in the early 15th century, composed lyric poetry, debate poetry, political biography, and allegory. Her texts constantly negotiate the hierarchical and repressive discourses of late medieval court culture. How they do so is the focus of this volume, which places Christine's work in the context of larger discussions about medieval authorship, identity, and categories of difference.

A History of Greek Literature

... the difficulty of writing prose , there were difficulties in the way of reading prosc . It is sometimes , if not generally , said that prose , or at least a prose literature , cannot be developed unless there exists a reading public ...

Author: Frank Byron Jevons



Category: Greek literature

Page: 509

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Novelists and Prose Writers

The Public Prosecutor , with Pamela Hansford Johnson , from a play by Georgi Dzhagarov , translated by Marguerite Alexieva ( produced 1967 ) . 1969 . Other Richard Aldington : An Appreciation . 1938 . Writers and Readers of the Soviet ...

Author: James Vinson

Publisher: London : Macmillan

ISBN: UCSC:32106006610528

Category: American fiction Bio-bibliography

Page: 1367

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Writing for Public Relations and Strategic Communication

The book underscores the importance of strategic analysis at the beginning of the writing process.

Author: William Thompson


ISBN: 1793511888


Page: 444

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Writing for Public Relations and Strategic Communication equips students with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to write persuasively. The book underscores the importance of strategic analysis at the beginning of the writing process. Utilizing an audience-centered perspective, it shows how persuasive writing emerges organically after critically assessing the goals of an organization's message in light of its intended audience. Students learn essential strategic thinking and planning skills to create effective and intentional writing. The book presents the theoretical underpinnings of behavior, which students can then employ to generate prose that prioritizes the audience's reasons for attending to the message. The book is unique in presenting a primer on communication, persuasion, and moral theories that provides students a roadmap for constructing effective, ethical arguments. Throughout, anecdotes, examples, quizzes, and assignments help connect theory to practical, real-world applications. Writing for Public Relations and Strategic Communication helps readers build their persuasive writing skills for professional and effective public relations, employing unique strategies and tactics, such as: --A generative writing system that helps students identify and organize important information to produce quality prose, then adapt it to various media, on deadline --Interactive walkthroughs of writing examples that deconstruct prose, offering students insights not just into what to write, but how and why practitioners make strategic choices--down to the word level --Long-form scenario prompts that allow students to hone their persuasive writing, editing, and communication management skills across an array of platforms --Three two-chapter modules where the first chapter demonstrates how to write effective prose for a particular channel and the second offers practical help in delivering those products through message-delivery channels --Detailed case studies demonstrating how to translate research and planning into storytelling that addresses organizational problems --Unique chapters building important analytical literacies, such as search engine optimization tactics, marketing statistics analysis and data-driven audience targeting methods

The Cambridge History of American Literature Volume 3 Prose Writing 1860 1920

After his failures to find public support for his most ambitious literary experiments – the great non - sellers Mardi ( 1849 ) ... ( Melville's career as a poet , like Whitman's as a prosewriter , dates from the end of the War . ) ...

Author: Sacvan Bercovitch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521301076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 813

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Discusses the social, cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic aspects of American literature

The Beginnings of Philosophy in Greece

Anaximander may have been the first author of Greek literature to write in prose. ... Whether he addresses a public of listeners or readers, the prose writer comes to the fore as an author instead of a mediator inspired by the divine ...

Author: Maria Michela Sassi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691180502

Category: Philosophy

Page: 232

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A celebrated study of the origins of ancient Greek philosophy, now in English for the first time How can we talk about the beginnings of philosophy today? How can we avoid the conventional opposition of mythology and the dawn of reason and instead explore the multiple styles of thought that emerged between them? In this acclaimed book, available in English for the first time, Maria Michela Sassi reconstructs the intellectual world of the early Greek "Presocratics" to provide a richer understanding of the roots of what used to be called "the Greek miracle." The beginnings of the long process leading to philosophy were characterized by intellectual diversity and geographic polycentrism. In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, between the Asian shores of Ionia and the Greek city-states of southern Italy, thinkers started to reflect on the cosmic order, elaborate doctrines on the soul, write in solemn Homeric meter, or, later, abandon poetry for an assertive prose. And yet the Presocratics, whether the Milesian natural thinkers, the rhapsode Xenophanes, the mathematician and "shaman" Pythagoras, the naturalist and seer Empedocles, the oracular Heraclitus, or the inspired Parmenides, all shared an approach to critical thinking that, by questioning traditional viewpoints, revolutionized knowledge. A unique study that explores the full range of early Greek thinkers in the context of their worlds, the book also features a new introduction to the English edition in which the author discusses the latest scholarship on the subject.

A History of Japanese Literature Volume 3

Another reason was an increasing awareness of the literary aspects of utilitarian prose written in Chinese. Public documents were regarded as a compositional form: the Chöya Gunsai includes not only shih, fu, prefaces, and inscriptions, ...

Author: Jin'ichi Konishi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400861828

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 678

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In this third of five volumes tracing the history of Japanese literature through Mishima Yukio, Jin'ichi Konishi portrays the high medieval period. Here he continues to examine the influence of Chinese literature on Japanese writers, addressing in particular reactions to Sung ideas, Zen Buddhism, and the ideal of literary vocation, michi. This volume focuses on three areas in which Konishi has long made distinctive contributions: court poetry (waka), featuring twelfth-and thirteenth-century works, especially those of Fujiwara Teika (1162-1241); standard linked poetry (renga), from its inception to its full harvest in the work of Sogi (1421-1502); and the theatrical form noh, including the work of Zeami (ca. 1365-1443) and Komparu Zenchiku (1405-?). The author also considers prose narrative and popular song. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.