How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish
And How to Read One

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...Fish is persuasive and perceptive enough that he can drive us to look at the building blocks of all writing — our own and that of others — with fresh eyes. The sentence can be a thing of beauty, but ultimately, it’s only ever one facet of the gem that is a text.
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“Like a long periodic sentence, this book rumbles along, gathers steam, shifts gears, and packs a wallop.”
 —Roy Blount Jr.
 
“Language lovers will flock to this homage to great writing.”
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Outspoken New York Times columnist Stanley Fish offers an entertaining, erudite analysis of language and rhetoric in this delightful celebration of the written word. Drawing on a wide range of  great writers, from Philip Roth to Antonin Scalia to Jane Austen and beyond, Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

 

About Stanley Fish

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Stanley Eugene Fish, who writes on law and literary criticism and history, was born on April 19, 1938, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. Fish holds a Ph.D. from Yale. During his career, he has held major academic posts, serving as Kenan Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University from 1974 to 1985 and as Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English and Law at Duke University since 1985. He is known for his expertise in English literature and literary theory, particularly the subjectivity of textual interpretation. Fish's works include Is There a Text in This Class?: The Authority of Interpretative Communities, 1980 and Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies, 1989. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1969.
 
Published January 25, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 181 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mike Doherty on Jan 28 2011

...Fish is persuasive and perceptive enough that he can drive us to look at the building blocks of all writing — our own and that of others — with fresh eyes. The sentence can be a thing of beauty, but ultimately, it’s only ever one facet of the gem that is a text.

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