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The Practical Stylist

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The Longman Practical Stylist provides a wealth of practical information and a variety of organizational techniques to write more gracefully and effectively. Based on the premise that all writing involves arguing a thesis, The Longman Practical Stylist presents expository modes such as description, narration and exposition as strategies for supporting a thesis. A chapter o ...more
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Published January 1st 1985 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 1962)
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Brent
Dec 08, 2014 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brent by: English faculty, Westminster Boys' School
Shelves: writing, education
The Practical Stylist was an assigned text in our High School English classes, but not a bad one.
I'm thinking it was Ken Bell, English faculty at Westminster, c. 1979-1980 who assigned this... but it could well have been another fine teacher. I recall using this style guide as a text at Williston in 1978-9, I think, too... I remember what was good about it was clarity and brevity.
Now I want to find a copy.
Chris Lockhart
Jun 27, 2009 Chris Lockhart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
A short and fairly basic book on expository writing, particularly research papers. It covers essential information and does so in a clear and concise way. In this way, the author illustrates principals discussed in the text itself. Also, Sheridan Baker has a talent for clever use of words and writing that makes some points memorable as well as occasionally entertaining.
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We are reading this for my comp. class. I absolutely loathe it :(
Finally done...can I burn it now?
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Sheridan Baker is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many works, including The Harper Handbook to Literature, Ernest Hemingway: An Introduction and Interpretation, The Complete Stylist, The Essayist, and The Practical Stylist. He is co-author of The Written Word and The Practical Imagination. He is currently at work on two volum ...more
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