Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (2nd by Mark Turner, Francis-Noel Thomas

By Mark Turner, Francis-Noel Thomas

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For greater than a decade, Clear and straightforward because the Truth has guided readers to think about variety no longer as a sublime accent of potent prose yet as its very center. Francis-Noel Thomas and Mark Turner current writing as an highbrow job, no longer a passive program of verbal abilities. In vintage variety, the rationale is fact, the aim is presentation, the reader and author are highbrow equals, and the party is casual. This basic variety of presentation is at domestic in every single place, from company memos to non-public letters and from journal articles to scholar essays. each person talks approximately variety, yet nobody explains it. The authors of this publication do; and in doing so, they galvanize the reader to think about kind, no longer as a chic accent of powerful prose, yet as its very heart.

At a time while writing abilities have almost disappeared, what may be performed? If basically humans realized the foundations of verbal correctness, the basic principles, wouldn't stable prose easily fall into position? Thomas and Turner say no. getting to principles of grammar, feel, and sentence constitution will not more bring about potent prose than understanding the mechanics of a golfing swing will bring about a hole-in-one. in addition, ten-step courses to raised writing exacerbate the matter by means of failing to acknowledge, as Thomas and Turner indicate, that there are lots of kinds with assorted standards.

The e-book is split into 4 parts:
• the 1st, "Principles of vintage Style," defines the fashion and contrasts it with a few others.
• "The Museum" is a guided journey via examples of writing, either beautiful and execrable. • "The Studio," new to this version, offers a sequence of dependent workouts.
• eventually, "Further Readings in vintage Prose" deals an inventory of extra examples drawn from a variety of instances, locations, and topics.

A spouse site, classicprose.com, deals supplementary examples, indicates, and observation, and contours a variety of items written by way of scholars in classes that used Clear and easy because the Truth as a textbook.

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After nightfall, a wine-soaked sailor and a traveler vie (certatim, 17) in singing about the girls they left behind (absentem ut cantat amicam, 15; contrast the man who maligns his absent friend, absentem qui rodit amicum, S. 81). The climax of these defanged civil wars is the mockepic contest of the two buffoons who entertain the united company at dinner at the country house of Cocceius. In Beneventum the next day, their host almost sets the house on fire while busying himself about his eminent guests' supper; but the flame that slips out of the stove and almost licks the roof is easily extinguished.

Having eaten, he tells us, he goes to bed in the happy knowledge that he will not have to get up early and head off for a business appointment {non sollicitus mihi quod eras \ surgendum sit mane, obeundus Marsya, 119-20) - or, for that matter, for an early-morning call upon his patron, a signal duty of the dependent amicus. No, our independent Horace sleeps in, and then enjoys another bout of recreations: "after this I wander about or, after reading or writing something for my silent pleasure, I get a rub-down with olive oil" {post hanc vagor, aut ego lecto \ aut scripto quod me taciturn iuvet unguor olivo, 122—3).

When Maecenas claims that a man's parentage makes no difference as long as his father is freeborn, he makes the case to himself, and to Horace too (persuades hoc tibi vere, 8), by pointing out that men without notable ancestors have been distinguished by high honors, whereas men of the best families have been rejected as worthless (7—14). ") and also lends the argument his patron's prestige. Instead of drawing the expected self-enhancing analogy, however ("So 13 Especially Sarmentus: S. 3 (308-11) will belabor the theme of Horace's small size; S.

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