The Glamour of Grammar:
to the Magic and Mystery
of Practical English
Roy Peter CLARK
ABOUT THE BOOK
Grammar is a subject that typically induces wincing, wheezing, or worse. Clark, a lifelong whiz at the subject, wants readers to fully appreciate the importance of good grammar and the qualities of superior writing. To that end, he has laid out several entertaining, easy-to-follow rules, governing everything from punctuation to alliteration, that promise to dramatically improve one’s writing and develop an appreciation for language. Clark draws on examples ranging from DeLillo to Rowling, a breadth of text that readers will appreciate as much as the author’s humorous approach. Who knew that a discussion of grammar could induce laughter? This is an eminently readable, extremely enjoyable guide that readers will find highly useful on their path to development, not just as writers, but as readers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level–to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors–for more than thirty years, and has spoken about the writer’s craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR, and The Today Show; at conferences from Singapore to Brazil; and at news organizations from the New York Times to TheSowetan in South Africa. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited fifteen books about writing and journalism, including his most recent, Writing Tools. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Early in the history of English, the words “grammar” and “glamour” meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMARgivesreaders all the tools they need to”live inside the language”–to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.
“Very much a manual for the 21st century…a welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone who cares about language-and is willing to argue about it.” (Ammon Shea, the New York Times Book Review )
“An engaging and witty exploration of the shifting rules of English grammar…Clark shows breathtaking knowledge of how language is used in the real world and a passionate commitment to helping writers make good choices.” (Chuck Leddy, Minneapolis Star Tribune )
WHY I LOVED THIS BOOK
As this blog title should convey, I LOVE words. This book was like paradise to me, it was great fun reading about grammar and its evolution under the pen of such a great writer. I’m not sure I learned a lot though, as it seems knowing French will prevent you from falling into the trap of many misspellings.
HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK YET?
DO YOU FEEL LIKE READING THIS BOOK?
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN A COMMENT PLEASE