Elegant English by Robert Hartwell Fiske
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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 book contains more than 400 examples of elegant English, including 280 examples of rhetorical figures from classic and contemporary literature.
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
A.1 Inclusion of Punctuation
A.2 Omission of Punctuation
Appendix B: More Elegant Paragraphs
Appendix C: Silence, Language, and Society
A Vocabula Back Pocket BookTM
4" by 6.5" trim
Publication date: September 1, 2014
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Other Books by Robert Hartwell Fiske
To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing
The Dictionary of Unendurable English
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