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  Elegant English by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Elegant English

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Vocabula Books logoThis 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:

Chapter 1

1.1 Uneducated English

1.2 Everyday English

1.3 Elegant English

Chapter 2

2.1 Grammatically Correct English

2.2 Uncommon English

2.3 Rhetorical English

Appendix A:

A.1 Inclusion of Punctuation

A.2 Omission of Punctuation

Appendix B: More Elegant Paragraphs

Appendix C: Silence, Language, and Society


Product Details

A Vocabula Back Pocket BookTM

Perfect bound

4" by 6.5" trim

183 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-9774368-4-2

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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Have you bought Elegant English? Have a comment to make, or an example, from literature, of a rhetorical figure to suggest for the next edition?

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



Well Spoken Is Half Sung

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Other Books by Robert Hartwell Fiske
To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing
The Dictionary of Unendurable English
Elegant English


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