- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (9 Mar. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198614543
- ISBN-13: 978-0198614548
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Punctuation Hardcover – 9 Mar 2006
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The book has three sections:
Part 1: The Full Stop, The Comma, The Semicolon
Part 2: The Colon, The Dash and Brackets, Quotation Marks, The Paragraph and Section Break
Part 3: The Question Mark, Italics, the Ellipsis, and the Hyphen
In Parts One and Two, each chapter discusses both use and misuse of each punctuation mark, using examples from literature to illustrate the points made. Also considered is the context in which each punctuation mark is used. Exercises are provided to encourage experimentation in sentence construction. There is also a brief series of comments in each chapter titled "What your use of [punctuation mark] says about you".
Part Three covers its contents in a single chapter which, although brief, is tightly focussed.
An epilogue, The Symphony of Punctuation, looks at how punctuation marks affect one another.
Lukeman has an engaging style which, with numerous examples from great writers, made this book a joy to read. That, however, is not why I bought it: I want to improve the quality of my writing.
From that perspective, I have found the book useful in expanding my awareness of the uses of punctuation in the crafting of a text.Read more ›