Based on the bestselling "Great Courses" class taught by Brooke Landon, Building Great Sentences looks at the power of the sentence, from the two-word "Jesus Wept" to Faulkner's 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!. By drawing on the masters, Landon illustrates the power of grammar & rhetoric, cumulative syntax, patterns, prose rhythm, suspensive syntax, and other elements of writing- - all which will help you craft sentences as brilliant and scintillating as the great authors. 267 indexed pages, softcover.
Based on the bestselling series from The Great Courses, Building Great Sentences celebrates the sheer joy of languageand will forever change the way you read and write.
Great writing begins with the sentence. Whether its two words ("Jesus wept.") or William Faulkners 1,287-word sentence in Absalom! Absalom!, sentences have the power to captivate, entertain, motivate, educate, and, most importantly, delight. Yet, the sentence-oriented approach to writing is too often overlooked in favor of bland economy. Building Great Sentences teaches you to write better sentences by luxuriating in the pleasures of language.
Award-winning Professor Brooks Landon draws on examples from masters of long, elegant sentencesincluding Don DeLillo, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and Samuel Johnsonto reveal the mechanics of how language works on thoughts and emotions, providing the tools to write powerful, more effective sentences.
Dr. Brooks Landon is Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Professor of English and Collegiate Fellow at The University of Iowa and Director of the Universitys General Education Literature Program. He lives in Iowa.
"The most erudite, readable book anyone has ever written on the sentence."Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English, Colby College
"An Elements of Style for the prodigious, Building Great Sentences is a service to writers and a joy to read."R.M. Berry, professor, Florida State University