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- Editor: Random House Inc; Edición: Revised (1 de abril de 1979)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0394506154
- ISBN-13: 978-0394506159
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The Reader over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 abr 1979
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Solutions to the common problems encountered in writing English prose are discussed and illustrated in critical examinations of the work of prominent writers
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Needless to say, it's wonderful to have TROYS in its original entirety!
What sets TROYS apart from other writing guides is that the authors not only provide excellent advice but also apply that advice -- with tremendous exactitude -- to large chunks of published writing, This is the kind of standard expository writing that seems fine on a quick scan but, when you really try to understand what the writer is saying, turns out to be full of misdirection, vagueness, and inconsistency. For each example, Graves and Hodge provide a complete explanation of every flaw they found, and they then give us their rewrite correcting the flaws. While it is time-consuming to work through each example and grasp what's wrong with it, there's no better way to start to inculcate in yourself the ability to write clearly and in a manner that is painless for your readers.
Among other valuable aspects, the book uses examples of bad writing from famous authors-- simultaneously reassuring the student that a mistake can happen to the best of us, and reminding the student that vigilance is always necessary.
This is a readable and practical book. It gives clear example and simple exercises, with worked examples or "fair copies". This means you can see for yourself the effect of the corrections to style that Graves and Hodge suggest. Their aim is always to help you to get your point across. They are realists, and admit that this is always a challenge, even for the best authors, and they admit their own weaknesses.
As well as using this myself, I give a copy to every one of my employees and require them to follow its principles for at least trial period. Every employee who does this writes the better for it, and clients notice. The average level of ability in writing now does seem to have fallen. Perhaps this is an old man's grump, but I believe it is the case, objectively, for two reasons. First, when one of the world's leading professors of philosophy was asked for objective evidence that real standards in writing have declined, he paused for a moment, and then replied "Paragraphing" and went on to explain that undergraduates used to arrive knowing where to put paragraph breaks, but now they insert them at random. Secondly, many of my most senior clients complain that their new hires simply cannot express themselves in written English. I experience the same problem as an employer. I have hired arts graduates from Cambridge university who cannot write, and law PhDs who cannot. The answer to these problems is cheap, quick, painless and 100% effective: Graves & Hodge.
The same book is published under two titles, _The Use & Abuse of the English Language_ and _The Reader Over Your Shoulder_.
I recommend the book as highly as I have ever recommended anything. It does what it says on the tin, and it is amusing to read as well as effective. However, please don't buy it, or if you do, toss it aside lightly because otherwise there will be more competition for those of us who can write clearly much of the time.