- 出版社: Princeton University Press; 2nd Revised edition (2011年3月20日)
- 平装: 272页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0691147434
- 条形码: 9780691147437
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Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose - Second Edition (英语) 平装 – 2011年3月20日
Winner of the 1996 Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la litterature francaises, Academie francaise "Their model of 'classic prose' ... elegantly captures the differences between vigorous and turgid writing."--Steven Pinker, New York Times Book Review "[I]n the hands of a good instructor and students who have a solid foundation in writing, the book could be quite empowering."--Choice "[T]his book has value for the technical communicator who has an interest in style, and teachers who teach style in their classes. Thomas and Turner are right about the current crop of books that essentially ignore this way of writing, and their discussion of styles can be valuable to a fuller understanding of the relationship between thought and dress."--Tom Warren, Technical Communication Praise for the first edition: "Whether they can spark a revival in classic writing is uncertain, but Thomas and Turner serve their topic well. A good choice for the serious stylist and those learning the craft."--Library Journal Praise for the first edition: "Thomas and Turner engagingly delineate the attributes of a classic style of writing... In the second half, Thomas and Turner cite examples of classic style in excerpts from the writing of well-known literary figures."--Booklist Praise for the first edition: "Every once in a while a book comes along with the power to alter permanently the view of a subject you thought you knew well. For me this year, that book is Clear and Simple as the Truth."--Denis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature Praise for the first edition: "[For] the mature student, this is indeed a classic. For the connoisseur, it is indispensable."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Boston Book Review Praise for the first edition: "An acclaimed new reference manual."--The Chicago Sun Times
Francis-Noel Thomas is professor emeritus of humanities at Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago. Mark Turner is Institute Professor and professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University.
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The book is always honest in it's assessment, it does not give easy quick answers that cheapen the idea of Classic Style, and often acknowledges that it is often easier to know what it isn't, than what it is. However, after you read the book you will certainly understand clearly how to think about writing from this point of view, and to use the classic style philosophy in your writing.
The book begins with an essay defining the classic style and setting it apart from other styles of writing, and it includes both a gallery of curated examples as well as a set of exercises to help you develop the classic style. The book does not argue with the reader. It presents the classic style as a convention of communication, a lucid artifice that takes the common experience of informal conversation about an observable phenomenon as the model for writing.