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The Art of Punctuation Hardcover – 9 Mar 2006

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  • 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)
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About the Author

Noah Lukeman is the author of

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Format: Hardcover
I found Noah Lukeman's The Art of Punctuation to be an enlightening and enjoyable read. Throughout, the focus is on the effective use of punctuation to shape content in a manner supportive of the writer's intent. As Lukeman puts it, "This, its impact on content, is the holy grail of punctuation, too often buried in long discussions of grammar and history."

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.
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Format: Paperback
A totally different punctuation book that gets to the heart of the matter for creative writers focusing on the use of punctuation in controlling the story but it is not a book on the mundane use of punctuation. Many examples are given from master writers; highly recommended for any creative writer.
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Succinct, clear, with excellent examples drawn from leading writers.
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Many novelists nowadays give the impression that they all attended the same creative writing course. This book could have been part of the set reading for that course. If I took this book seriously I would become paralysed with fear of people like its author measuring my paragraphs and counting my commas. Perhaps it would be helpful to people who want to win a literary prize and bore people to death. A far better book and a more-encouraging one is Practical Novel Writing (The "Writers News" Library of Writing)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical view of punctuation 11 Jan. 2013
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A most unique but very useful approach to punctuation. The book can be summed up with the following statement that comes from within that goes something like this..."let punctuation serve you instead of you serving punctuation."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference Tool 19 May 2012
By Jedwardian - Published on Amazon.com
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Having already read Noah's book: The First Five Pages and found it to be excellent, I had little doubt that his work: The Art of Punctuation would also be of particular value to Authors. What more can be said? The Art of Punctuation is a must have in any Authors reference collection.
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