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25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way

Geraldine Woods



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18 August 2020
Language: reference & general
Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Neil Armstrong, Jack Kerouac, Yoda: these are just a handful of the writers and speakers whose words are parsed in this diverting romp through sentences culled from poems, essays, speeches, songs, fiction and film.

In chapters titled for distinctive features, such as U-turn and impossibility, master teacher Geraldine Woods deftly reveals the underlying craft that goes into the creation of a memorable sentence. Literature lovers will be delighted to discover new authors and revisit favorite passages from a fresh perspective. And writers who want to stretch their skills by following the prompts in each chapter may well find themselves feeling as Henry James did when he wrote, I have many irons on the fire, and am bursting with writableness.

This is a must-read book for any resister of grammar-bound, sentence-diagramming analysis who wants to understand the art that lifts a sentence from good to great.
By:   Geraldine Woods
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   627g
ISBN:   9781324004851
ISBN 10:   1324004851
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   18 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Geraldine Woods has taught English at every level from fifth grade through Advanced Placement, most recently at the Horace Mann School. She is the author of numerous nonfiction books for adults and children, including 25 Great Sentences. She lives in New York City.

Reviews for 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way

Have you ever needed a book without knowing it, until it's in your hands? 25 Great Sentences is that book. You'll savor it. You'll pick it up again and again. -- John Allman, winner of the Pushcart Prize and Helen Bull Prize for poetry, author of Loew's Triboro and Clio's Children Finally, someone who appreciates the engine of a fine sentence and isn't afraid to tinker with all the parts! -- Brenda Miller, author of An Earlier Life and coauthor of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction Geraldine Woods breaks down twenty-five of the greatest sentences in the history of the written word and obsesses over them in a way that writers and nonwriters can appreciate. -- David Mandel, Emmy-winning executive producer of Veep Using hundreds of examples from writers as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Virginia Woolf, Geraldine Woods articulates the precise ways in which a writer can send a sentence spinning. -- Mary Norris, author of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen This handy, practical guide prompts would-be writers to think critically about how to create effective and meaningful sentences. -- Publishers Weekly [A]n upbeat, informative guide for writers and readers. -- Kirkus Reviews

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