Artful Sentences has increased my understanding as to how syntax creates and conveys meaning. Her commentaries highlight the easily overlooked contribution of syntax to the expressive success of a well-crafted sentence. It is not about basic rules. It is not a standardized style guide to be used as a reference manual.

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Virginia Tufte Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tufte presents — and comments on — more than a thousand excellent sentences chosen from the works of authors in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The sentences come from an extensive search to identify some of the ways professional writers use the generous resources of the English language. The book displays the sentences in fourteen chapters, each one organized around a syntactic concept-short sentences, noun phrases, verb phrases, appositives, parallelism, for example.

It thus provides a systematic, comprehensive range of models for aspiring writers. Fresh examples from fiction and nonfiction bring new insights into the ways syntactic patterns work. Because the examples are such a pleasure, readers may be tempted to skip everything else, but the comments are inviting also, calling attention to techniques that are useful to writers of almost any type of fiction or nonfiction. Both new and experienced writers will find inspiration: the book is not about "errors" but about successes.

If you are already a good writer, Artful Sentences can help you to become excellent. To write is to bring structure to ideas, information, feelings. Here are many creative strategies, in a unique book that is informed, affirming, lively, and of lasting value. Virginia Tufte is distinguished emerita professor of English at the University of Southern California. Her special fields are Milton, Renaissance poetry, and the history and grammar of English.


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I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the basics of syntax at the start and some really cool advanced tips toward the end. The final chapter in particular had some amazing thoughts on rhythm, cohesion, syntactic symbolism, and stop consonants. I did my best to capture the best bits below. Bold and italics and notes are mine. Short sentences often serve well as introductory sentences in a paragraph. The fiesta was finished.

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Virginia Tufte

Virginia Tufte — was an author and distinguished emerita professor of English at the University of Southern California. Her special fields were Milton , Renaissance poetry , and the history and grammar of English. She held Ph. D and M.


Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

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