Simple and Direct has ratings and 20 reviews. Jane said: To be honest I couldn’t finish this. I’ll try again another time. For a book on simple and d. A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. His discussions of diction, syn. A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. His discussions of diction, syntax.
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Jacques Martin Barzun was a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He died on October 25, at the age of Mar 31, Jacob Aitken rated it it was amazing.
A Rhetoric for Writers. Mar 28, Dave rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 12, Graham Mumm rated it really liked it. He came to the United States in and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in Hints Toward Improving the Quoted Sentences.
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Simple and Direct
References to this book Doing Academic Writing in Education: This was a very difficult read and even though the author gave examples of jargon, misplaced jacquex misused words, and unnecessary phrases, I don’t feel like a better writer anf having read jaxques. He came to the United States in and graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in After a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style.
Miller No preview available barrzun Nov 05, Akhil Jain rated it liked it Shelves: Barzun gives us wonderfully trenchant tips on diction, tone, style, revision There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jun 15, Christopher Rush rated it it was ok. From inside the book. Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing ex After a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style.
According to Barzun, I’ve misused ‘legendary’ — I should say ‘the famous, highly-regarded And it was humbling to discover that I have committed many of the literary gaffs of which he complains.
Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers by Jacques Barzun
A fter a lifetime of writing and editing prose, Jacques Barzun has set down his view of the best ways to improve one’s style. I’m not really sure what the ultimate function of this book is: Wesley Yu rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Jan 26, Mark is currently reading it. To ask other readers questions about Simple and Directplease sign up. Jul 14, Jane rated it did not like it Shelves: Johnson – I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road.
I feel somewhat abashed giving a book by the superb Jacques Barzun only two stars, but according to the authoritative site Goodreads or “goodreads” as it wants to be known on its own pagetwo stars equates to “it was okay,” and since Simple and Direct was okay, two stars it gets.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Shows how language “works. Bucklin rated it really liked it May 27, Exercises, model passages both literary and casual, and hundreds of amusing examples of usage gone wrong show how to choose the right path to self-expression in forceful and distinctive words.
Further, he doesn’t always elaborate some of the tips. Although he wrote on subjects as diverse as detective fiction and baseball, he was especially known for his many books on music, nineteenth-century romanticism and education.
He retired from Columbia University in barzyn My library Help Advanced Book Search. Barzun attempts to instruct us, is almost wholly useless in this work. Toward the end Mr.
Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers
Sep 24, Emily Giuffre rated it liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. According to Barzun, I’ve misused ‘legendary’ — I should say ‘the famous, highly-regarded Connecting the Personal and the First, we don’t always know what we mean and are too lazy too find out. Jul 06, kaelan rated it liked it Shelves: Exercises, model passages — both literary and unorthodox — and hundreds of often amusing examples of usage gone wrong demonstrate the process of making intelligent choices and guide us toward developing strong and distinctive prose.
For a book on simple and direct writing it struck me as remarkably convoluted and flowery, not to mention snobbish. Hard to read straight through I suggest doing it lesson tip at a time but overall a good guide to writing well. This introduction to the ‘simple and direct’ writing style from the legendary scholar Jacques Barzun Wait!
Lists with This Book. Following graduation, he joined Columbia’s faculty as an instructor while continuing his studies in graduate school there, receiving a master’s degree in and a doctorate in French history in Harper CollinsDec 18, – Reference – pages.
After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost.
Adam rated it really liked it Aug 26, Funnily enough, I didn’t find Barzun that great of a writer, although he certainly isn’t a bad one. My library Help Advanced Book Search.