Clear and Simple as the Truth

Writing Classic Prose
 
 
Princeton University Press
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Everyone talks about style, but no one explains it. The authors of this book do; and in doing so, they provoke the reader to consider style, not as an elegant accessory of effective prose, but as its very heart.

At a time when writing skills have virtually disappeared, what can be done? If only people learned the principles of verbal correctness, the essential rules, wouldn't good prose simply fall into place? Thomas and Turner say no. Attending to rules of grammar, sense, and sentence structure will no more lead to effective prose than knowing the mechanics of a golf swing will lead to a hole-in-one. Furthermore, ten-step programs to better writing exacerbate the problem by failing to recognize, as Thomas and Turner point out, that there are many styles with different standards.

In the first half of Clear and Simple, the authors introduce a range of styles--reflexive, practical, plain, contemplative, romantic, prophetic, and others--contrasting them to classic style. Its principles are simple: The writer adopts the pose that the motive is truth, the purpose is presentation, the reader is an intellectual equal, and the occasion is informal. Classic style is at home in everything from business memos to personal letters, from magazine articles to university writing.

The second half of the book is a tour of examples--the exquisite and the execrable--showing what has worked and what hasn't. Classic prose is found everywhere: from Thomas Jefferson to Junichiro Tanizaki, from Mark Twain to the observations of an undergraduate. Here are many fine performances in classic style, each clear and simple as the truth.

Originally published in 1994.

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Francis-Noël Thomas & Mark Turner
Acknowledgments vii
Clear and Simple as the Truth 3
One: Principles of Classic Style 7
The Concept of Style 9
Recognizing Classic Style 14
The Elements of Style 19
The Classic Stand on the Elements of Style 27
Truth 27
Presentation 35
Scene 41
Cast 49
Thought and Language 61
Other Stands, Other Styles 72
Trade Secrets 103
Two: The Museum 113
Three: Further Readings in Classic Prose 197
Notes 207
Index 221

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