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ISBN: 0321330854
Author: Joseph M. Williams
Language: English
Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (April 1, 2005)
Pages: 160
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 549
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The longer version of Joseph Williams "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" has been justly praised for many . I rank both books at least a "5 out of 5" ranking.

The longer version of Joseph Williams "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" has been justly praised for many years. But as a director of writing programs at NYU, Princeton, and Yale, I never felt right adopting that text: it was too expensive, and more than the average student needed. This "Basics" Style is the perfect solution. I bought the "Style: Ten Lessons" book first and after reading his previous book, I wanted more from this author.

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Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (also known as Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace and Style: Toward Clarity and Grace) is a book by Joseph M. Williams (1933-2008). The author says it is good to write clearly, and anyone ca. .The book was first published in 1981.

Toward Clarity and Grace. I wrote it for four reasons

Toward Clarity and Grace. With two chapters coauthored by. Gregory G. Colomb. The University of Chicago Press. I wrote it for four reasons. First, the standard books on style don't go much beyond high mindedness. They are all for accuracy, brevity, clarity,. and so forth, but beyond offering good and bad examples, none of them explains how to achieve those ends.

Williams, Joseph M. Publication date.

This title is out of print. The brevity and clarity of this book make it a quick and ideal read for freshman composition courses, as well as for writing courses across the disciplines. Joseph M. Williams, University of Chicago. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace covers the elemental principles of writing that will help students diagnose their prose quickly and revise it effectively. The ten lessons feature principles of effective prose written in William's hallmark conversational style, offering reason-based approaches, rather than hard and fast rules, for successful, effective writing.

Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace. A prezification of some of the elements in Joseph M. William's book.

Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace reflects the wisdom and clear authorial voice of Williams best-selling book, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, while streamlining every chapter to create a very brief, yet powerfully direct guide to writing with style. The brevity and clarity of this book make it a quick and ideal read for freshman composition courses, as well as for writing courses across the disciplines. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace covers the elemental principles of writing that will help students diagnose their prose quickly and revise it effectively. The ten lessons feature principles of effective prose written in William's hallmark conversational style, offering reason-based approaches, rather than hard and fast rules, for successful, effective writing.

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Llallayue
If you are a college student, graduate student, or a doctoral student this book will be of great value in writing term papers, a thesis, or dissertation. It is also good for term papers, speeches, etc.
Najinn
Teaching style is not an easy task. Just look at the number of books on the market that portend to do this task, and it becomes obvious that not all authors succeed in their efforts. Some manuals attempt to teach by rules, others by persuasion, and still others by example. This book takes all three approaches and illustrates that the art of stylistic writing is a matter of know-how. Unlike most books in the field, I find this one generally successful.

The book's method is heuristic. It begins with causes of bad writing, and progresses to clarity, cohesion, emphasis, coherence, concision, length, and elegance. Each principle is given a bad examples compared to a good one. Direct, subject-verb-object writing is extolled, and certain anathemas of other texts are approved under the right circumstances. While I disagree with one its principles: That it is acceptable to begin a sentence with "There" and "It," these are minor quibbles in an otherwise strongly argued case.

Strunk & White's "Elements of Style" now has a major competitor, and this book is it. Whether one writes in fiction or non-fiction, the principles and examples given throughout this book are to be commended. I know of one author, a philosopher, who took these principles to heart. What once was ambiguous and contorted writing is now lucid, clear, and vivid. If this book can make this kind of progress, I certainly recommend it to all writers.

While on the subject of good writing, I also recommend Corbett's "Classical Rhetoric" for those authors who want to write convincing arguments. One on style, the other on substance. While William's book on style will make prose more readable, Corbett's book will make it more intelligible.
Grokinos
The longer version of Joseph Williams "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" has been justly praised for many years. But as a director of writing programs at NYU, Princeton, and Yale, I never felt right adopting that text: it was too expensive, and more than the average student needed. This "Basics" Style is the perfect solution. All the brilliance of the longer book at 1/3 the price, "Style" perfectly balances explanations of style rules with practical examples. The rules that Strunk and White encourage are good ones, and American prose would be leaner if their precepts were universal. The problem with that book is that the advice is not explained systematically. You can use their suggestions when you face similar cases, but only Williams' text breaks down topics like elegance, coherence, and cohesion in ways that will let you carry the ideas into every text you write. I would not recommend this book for the casual 10th grader; although it's clearly written, its ideas are somewhat advanced. But for professionals, college writers, and any teenager who takes writing seriously, "Style" is an indispensable tool, a book you'll use for the rest of your life. For learning to write good college papers, I also highly recommend his "Craft of Research."
Mogelv
Shipped quickly and in great condition. Was recommended by a writing tutor "as an amazingly helpful little book" to help with college app essays and to improve overall writing.
wanderpool
I have taught college courses for six years, have read more than a dozen writing guides and used at least six major writing guides in courses. In my experience, this is absolutely the best writing guide on the market. I would go so far as to say that anyone who intends to write anything, ever, should own this book...especially at this price.

Within its slim quarter inch spine the reader will find thoughtfully ordered chapters that cultivate an internal sense of style and clarity. Where other books leave the acolyte beholden to a dizzying array of obtuse rules, this book patiently and clearly walks the reader through a handful of basic ideas that cultivate ones own internal compass of clarity. Each idea is made concrete through application to a series of accessible examples that even Freshmen in my classes can quickly grasp. The presentation style leads to a deeper appreciation of why writing in particular ways produces clearer writing (or more confusing writing). Moreover, each suggestion for improving writing can be summarized in a way that is elegantly simple--e.g. move from familiar to new ideas. These deceptively simple suggestions, together with the weight of understanding why and how they make such a difference in writing, are easy to remember and practical to apply.

In short, of the dozen or more texts on writing I have read and taught, this is the single one that perches on my shoulder, whispering into my ear as I write, and continually improving my writing.

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