How to Write a Sentence

And How to Read One

By Stanley Fish
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061840548, 165pp.)

Publication Date: January 2011

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Some appreciate fine art; others appreciate fine wines. Stanley Fish appreciates fine sentences. The New York Times columnist and world-class professor has long been an aficionado of language. Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play.

In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader). How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works; it is a book that will stand the test of time.




About the Author
Stanley Fish is the author of numerous books, including "How to Write a Sentence", "There's No Such Thing as Free Speech", and "Is There a Text in This Class?" His most recent book is "Versions of Academic Freedom". He is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Florida International University and the Visiting Floersheimer Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. He previously taught at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and the University of Illinois, Chicago.


NPR
Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011

Most people know a good sentence when they read one, but New York Times columnist Stanley Fish says most of us don't really know how to write them ourselves. His new book, How To Write A Sentence: And How To Read One, is part ode, part how-to guide to the art of the well-constructed sentence. More at NPR.org

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