Building Great Sentences

How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read

By Brooks Landon
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452298606, 267pp.)

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

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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
Brooks Landon is a professor of English at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Thomas Berger, Science Fiction after 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars, and The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production.
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