The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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About the Author
Thomas Kane was formerly Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury, where he taught writing for over twenty-five years. He co-edited The Short Story and the Reader and Writing Prose, Sixth Edition, both with Leonard J. Peters, and wrote The Oxford Guide to Writing.
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The prose used is quickly understood, flows well and progresses in a logical fashion. It's not a basic book, yet doesn't make the difficult, difficult at all.
Covering punctuation, sentence structure and style, grammer and all the other basics; it also goes onto paragraphs, essays and other forms of writing. Each chapter is self contained enabling a dip at need approach to be used.
I would say that this is a top starting point for anyone who is learning to write. The only other book that fits into the same space, in terms of ease and coverage is Roy Peter Clark's Writing Tools. I have both, I like both-a lot.
If you are learning for the purposes of academic writing, then I would lean towards this one slightly more at first.
You'll read through it in about 3 hours, if you were of a mind to do so.
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All of this and more is covered in tremendous detail in The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing.
Author Thomas Kane, who also penned other guides for Oxford, explains the premise for this guide:
"Obviously, there are limits: one cannot learn to write like Shakespeare or Charles Dickens. You can't become a genius by reading a book.
"But you don't have to be a genius to write clear, effective English. You just have to understand what writing involves and to know how to handle words and sentences and paragraphs. That you can learn. If you do, you can communicate what you want to communicate in words other people can understand. This book will help by showing you what good writers do."
The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing is divided into several parts which address a variety of issues. These include:
* The Writing Process
* The Essay
* The Expository Paragraph
* The Sentence
* Description And Narration
Many shy away from writing guides, such as this. They believe it's hard work to read and even harder work to apply. Not so with The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing. It is written in an authoritative but disarming manner, scattered with poignant quotes from some of the masters of the craft, which make it accessible to scribes of all levels.
It explains in simple layperson's terms the processes and mechanics of writing. The chapters also feature practical exercises for workshopping ~ an excellent way to understand and apply what you've just read.
I particularly liked the `Drafts and Revisions' chapter, which offered some solid techniques and advice on refining work. Also the examples of style and technique from literary greats, such as Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, E.B. White and Annie Dillard.
Another excellent writers' guide from Oxford. This is an essential reference for new and veteran wordsmiths. Newcomers will gain comprehensive instruction in the art of writing, including techniques for encouraging creativity, organizing thoughts and clear writing. As for experienced scribes, this guide will remind you what you've forgotten and, most importantly, it will help you add that `something missing' to your writing.
-- Michael Meanwell, author of the critically-acclaimed 'The Enterprising Writer' and 'Writers on Writing'. For more book reviews and prescriptive articles for writers, visit [...]
I know I gave it three stars, but I do want to stress that I would have found this very helpful for high school papers.