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25 great sentences and how they got that way / Geraldine Woods.

Woods, Geraldine, (author.).


"25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way is for word lovers, readers interested in encountering new authors or revisiting favorite works, and aspiring writers. The author, a master English teacher at Horace Mann for several decades, leads readers on a delightful tour of sentences by authors in the canon, using deft analysis and humor to "look under the hood" and allow us to see what makes a sentence great"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781324004851
  • ISBN: 1324004851
  • Physical Description: xix, 311 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1: Structure. Pocket: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway -- Crossed sentence: John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address -- Parallelism: Li-Young Lee, "from Blossoms" -- Reversed sentences: Yoda, Star Wars -- Surprise: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey -- Questions: Judy Blume, Are Your There God? It's Me, Margaret -- Part II: Diction. Valuable verbs: Red Smith, "Dizzy Dean's Day" -- Tone: Shirley Jackson: "The Lottery" -- Word shifts: James Joyce, Ulysses -- Coinage: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings -- Part III: Sound. Onomatopoeia: Watty Piper, The Little Engine That Could -- Matching Sounds: Marting Espada, "Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100" -- Repetition: Jack Kerouac, On the Road -- Part IV: Connection/Comparison. First person: J.D.Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye -- Second person: Lorrie Moore, "A Kid's Guide to Divorce" -- Contrast: Neil Armstrong, First Words on the Moon -- Negativity: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me -- Creative descriptions: Barbara Kingsolver, "Where it Begins" -- Synesthesia: Robert Hayden, "Those Winter Sundays" -- Part V: Extremes. Marathon sentences: Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham jail" -- Simplicity: Ann Beattie, "Learning to Fall" -- Contradiction: Margaret Atwood, "Orphan Stories" -- Time: Karen Salyer McElmurray, "Consider the Houses" -- Impossibility: Toni Morrison, Beloved -- Visual Presentation: Nicky Enright, What on Earth (have you done)?
Subject: English language > Sentences.
English language > United States > Rhetoric.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation.
English language > Rhetoric.
English language > Sentences.
United States.

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