Graphics Press has now published Virginia Tufte’s new book, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. A description of the book, some sample pages, and ordering. About adjectives: all fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences. They make sentences move. Probably the finest technical poem in English is. Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences really came together for me in the last chapter. I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the.

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Lots of cool sentences and plenty of ideas to think about them with and you’d think I’d write a better one here after reading it, right? A book is made up of a collection of scenes, sequels, happenings, vignettes, all made with paragraphs, all constructed by sentences.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

A school book that definitely felt its length. Poetry is paired with technical writing, and science fiction with art criticism. So I read and re-read the examples. Jul 19, Len Joy rated it it was amazing. Syntax as Style, generally recognized as the best study of sentence style.

Remember artfhl on this computer. She starts at the beginning and drives into style afterward.

Artful sentences : syntax as style

For me it was a little like reading something in French, I understood the words, but the meaning was occasionally elusive and required me to go back and look at what sh I read this book a few pages at a time over a couple of months. This book is full of little clever moments like this for the astute reader, and though I read this book cover-to-cover, I’m sure I haven’t caught them all.


I still don’t know what the logic was behind the division of topics. And just as a side note, does skimming in desperation count as “read”? This creation of autonomy through mastery of the sentence is similar to the know-the-rules-before-you-can-break-the-rules attitude of other style guides. Cancel Forgot your password? Construction as basic to meaning. The method of offering students variations of their own sample sentences, both as examples and options for revision, is very non-directive.

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Aug 12, May Ling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nails the thought to the deck. Often the rules of grammar and syntax seem very prescriptive and directive.

Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. This is a reference book, so I admit I didn’t read it cover to cover. Tufte breaks the sentences down quite well I sneaked a peek, now and then although sometimes the explanations were a bit dense in that academic style that infuriates students under a deadline. And after the movie, he could go next door to the Trolley Car Diner, where Jimmy, their boarder, would fry him a burger if he was not too busy.

The E-mail Address es field is required. Tufte truly illustrates xentences infinite capacity to create sentences form finite means. I appreciate that Tufte resists approaching prose style with the usual declarative or even didactic imperative.

For example, consider the This is my favorite book on writing. Open Preview See a Problem?

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte

Ina quarter meant popcorn, candy, a movie, a cartoon, and a serial, plus atrful trip to the projection booth to visit Snooky, who read Mickey Spillane books. She illustrates what sentences are made of, and how small changes in word order can have a huge impact on not only style, but meaning as well.


Reading the examples gets me excited. But the joy in reading this book isn’t simply from her well-curated samples from literature; it is also from Tufte’s writing itself, which often subtly uses the devices she’s talking about.

Since I’m not a grammar lover, I can empathize with those that are not as in love with the book. I read this book a few pages at a time over a couple of months. Moreover, her range and variety of contributors is a parallel to her range and variety of sentence types arttul constructions. You might think that her style, having to introduce and reckon with all of these quotations from different people might become a little wooden or academic-objective.

A writer will learn by reading this book, whether she reads Virginia Tufte’s parsing or not. Not good for sitting down and just reading through necessarily, but excellent as a reference and style manual. Mar 02, James M. English language — Rhetoric. A wonderful survey of different types of sentences by studying actual sentences by professional writers in the wild, across a variety of genres, and with both modern and classic samples.

Sentenxes she achieves it.