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  • Little, Brown US

The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

Roy Peter Clark

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Prose: non-fiction, Reference works

Early in the history of English, the words ''grammar'' and ''glamour'' meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of WRITING TOOLS and the forthcoming HELP! FOR WRITERS, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals.

Now in paperback, this widely praised practical guide demonstrates everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. Above all, Clark teaches readers how to master grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing.

In a world where we comminucate more and more through emails and text messages, how you use language matters--even in 140 characters. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR prepares readers to captivate with every word.

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Praise for The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English

  • A streamlined, accessible, witty book...[Clark] is a coach rather than a scold, encouraging readers to 'live inside the language. - Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times

  • [Clark] is not of the hectoring, bullying school of language advice. He is an encourager...A good book for an aspiring writer, human and sensible about the great craft, relishing its possibilities and its power. - John E. McIntyre, The Baltimore SuN

  • Who knew that a discussion of grammar could induce laughter? This is an eminently readable, extremely enjoyable guide that readers will find highly useful on their path to development, not just as writers, but as readers. - Publishers Weekly

  • Roy Peter Clark, the Jedi master of writing coaches, has delivered another indispensable classic for every author, young and old. The Glamour of Grammar crackles with wit and wisdom and with page after page of rock-solid strategies to guide writers toward prose that sings with vivid clarity. - Thomas French, author of Zoo Story

  • If grammar is medicine, then Roy Clark gives us the spoonful of sugar to help it go down. A wonderful tour through the labyrinth of language. - Anne Hull, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The Washington Post

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