Pinker, Steven, 1954-

The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century / Steven Pinker. - viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Includes glossary (pages 309-318).

Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-338) and index.

Good writing -- A window onto the world -- The curse of knowledge -- The web, the tree, and the string -- Arcs of coherence -- Telling right from wrong.

"Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should any of us care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the bestselling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for today's writers. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and intellectually fascinating. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in how the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best"--



9780241957714 (pbk.)


Rhetoric.
Literary style.
English language--Style.
English language--Writing.
English language--Grammar.
English language--Grammar.
English language--Style.
English language--Writing.
Rhetoric.
Style, Literary.

PE1421 / .P56 2015

808.02 PIN / 013380
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