Elegant English, Second Edition, by Robert Hartwell Fiske
Available November 28 from Vocabula Books
We have sold out the original print run of Elegant English. Rather than print another several hundred copies of the First Edition, we will start shipping the Second Edition of Elegant English in November. You may order the Second Edition now.
This is a Vocabula Book. As the superfluity of uninspired, careless, grammatically incorrect, slang-ridden English makes plain, elegant English is English rarely heard, English seldom seen.
Countless occasions where elegant English might have been used indeed, ought to have been used by a president or politician, an author or other notable, have passed with bland, if not bumbling, speech or writing.
The point of this book is to show that the language can be spoken or written with grace and polish qualities that much contemporary English is bereft of and could benefit from.
Elegant English is grammatically correct English, it is uncommon English, it is rhetorical English. It is all three or any one or two.
The second edition contains more than a thousand examples of elegant English, including examples of rhetorical figures from classic and contemporary literature (from Charles Dickens to Toni Morrison, from Joseph Conrad to Wallace Stegner).
Elegant English is exhilarating; it stirs our thoughts and feelings as ably as everyday English blurs them.
Here is the table of contents:
1.1 Uneducated English
1.2 Everyday English
1.3 Elegant English
2.1 Grammatically Correct English
2.2 Uncommon English
2.3 Rhetorical English
2.3.1 Amplification: of a Word, Clause, or Sentence (Amplificatio)
2.3.2 Comparison: of One Thing with Another (Simile)
2.3.3 Correction: of One’s Words (Metanoia, Correctio)
2.3.4 Inclusion: of the Answer to a Question (Hypophora)
2.3.5 Inclusion: of a Topic While Refusing to Discuss It (Praeteritio, Occulatio, Paralepsis, Apophasis)
2.3.6 Inclusion: of Abusive Comments (Bdelygmia, Abominatio)
2.3.7 Inclusion: of Conjunctions (Polysyndeton)
2.3.8 Inversion: of Normal Word Order (Anastrophe, Hyperbation)
2.3.9 Juxtaposition: of Two Contradictory Terms or Ideas (Oxymoron)
2.3.10 Omission: of Conjunctions (Asyndeton, Brachylogia)
2.3.11 Omission: of the End of a Sentence (Aposiopesis)
2.3.12 Omission: of Words or Phrases (Ellipsis, Zeugma)
2.3.13 Omission: of the Answer to a Question (Erotesis, Erotema, Rhetorical Question)
2.3.14 Omission: of the Answer to a Question (Aporia, Dubitatio)
2.3.15 Omission: of Words so That One Word Modifies Two or More Others That Must Be Understood Differently (Syllepsis)
2.3.16 Parallelism: of Words, Phrases, Clauses, or Sentences Similar in Structure (Isocolon)
2.3.17 Repetition: of a Word, Phrase, Clause, or Sentence (Repetitio, Diacope Anaphora, Symploce, Epanalepsis, Epistrophe)
2.3.18 Repetition: of Initial Consonants (Alliteration)
2.3.19 Repetition: of Vowel Sounds in Adjacent Words (Assonance)
2.3.20 Repetition: of a Word in a Different Form (Polyptoton)
2.3.21 Repetition: of the Final Words of a Phrase, Clause, or Sentence at the Beginning of the Next Phrase, Clause, or Sentence (Anadiplosis)
2.3.22 Repetition: of Words in the Opposite Order (Chiasmus, Epanados, Antimetabole)
2.3.23 Repetition: of an Idea in Different Words (Congeries, Commoratio, Accumulatio)
2.3.24 Substitution: of One Grammatical Form for Another (Enallage)
2.3.25 Substitution: of One Part of Speech for Another (Antimeria)
2.3.26 Substitution: of the Correct Spelling of a Word for a Misspelling of It (Metaplasmus)
2.3.27 Substitution: of the Correct Spelling of a Word for a Misspelling of It (Tmesis, Infix)
Appendix A: More Elegant Paragraphs
Appendix B: Silence, Language, and Society
Product Details Second Edition
A Vocabula Back Pocket BookTM
4" by 6.75" trim
Publication date: November 2014
The Second Edition of Elegant English is also for sale on Amazon.
The Second Edition Compared to the First
First Edition: September 2014
Trim: 4" by 6.5"
Number of pages: 185
Number of examples of elegant English (est.): 400
Typeface: Bookman Old Style, 11 point
Second Edition: November 2014
Trim: 4" by 6.75"
Number of pages: 380
Number of examples of elegant English (est.): 1,000
Typeface: Bookman Old Style, 10.5 point
Note: The cost of postage to international destinations is high (typically $20 to $50). We are willing to mail Elegant English to England, Australia, China, and other countries only if you are willing to pay the postage. Inquire here.
Have you bought Elegant English? Have a comment to make?
Elegant English arrived a day or two ago. What a splendid book. I wish that you could send it to Will Strunk or E. B. White. I especially liked the quotes from Sinclair Lewis and E. B. White. I wish that Lewis could know that the word "dude" has come back into circulation. I wonder if it has changed its meaning. And I liked the part in White about backyards worth knowing about. A. David Wunsch
... judicious and delightful. Maurice Posada
I must have another copy of Elegant English, please! Tom McGlinn
I have received my copy of Elegant English and I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the volume. Fabulous work. Truly insightful. I carry it with me and dip into it at various moments during the day. I have yet to be disappointed with anything that I have found in the work. Steve Hill
Your book is all I wanted it to be, if not more. ... I emailed a friend of mine, told him about your book, urged him to procure a copy. ... I told him your book was a cornucopia of splendid prose. Bruce Floyd
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