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by Stewart Angas Weaver,Christopher Lasch

eBook Plain Style: A Guide to Written English epub
  • ISBN: 0812236734
  • Author: Stewart Angas Weaver,Christopher Lasch
  • Genre: Reference
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr (June 1, 2002)
  • Pages: 121 pages
  • ePUB size: 1185 kb
  • FB2 size 1718 kb
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Plain Style was written in 1985 by Christopher Lasch, a history professor who was frustrated with his students' lack of writing ability

Plain Style was written in 1985 by Christopher Lasch, a history professor who was frustrated with his students' lack of writing ability. Apparently Lasch's frustration with students went beyond just their writing skills. I keep simplifying my course in 20th century American history, but the students keep getting dumber faster than.

Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The .

Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, The True and Only Heaven, and many other memorable works of American history and social criticism. Written for the benefit of the students at the University of Rochester, where Lasch taught from 1970 until his death in 1994, it quickly established itself in typescript as a local classic-a lively, witty, and historically minded alternative to the famous volume by William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style.

Lasch, Christopher; Weaver, Stewart Angas. Includes bibliographical references and index. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press. At the same time, however, in ways that Stewart Weaver explains in his critical introduction, it is a distinctive and revealing addition to the published work of an eminent American thinker.

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Christopher Lasch, Stewart Weaver. Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, The True and Only Heaven, and many other memorable works of American history and social criticism.

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Plain Style: A Guide to Written English. Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002. O’Conner, Patricia T. Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010.

Plain Style is an amusing and instructive guide to written English by the late Christopher Lasch, author of The Culture of Narcissism, The True and Only Heaven, and many other memorable works of American history and social criticism. Written for the benefit of the students at the University of Rochester, where Lasch taught from 1970 until his death in 1994, it quickly established itself in typescript as a local classicâ?a lively, witty, and historically minded alternative to the famous volume by William Strunk and E. B. White, The Elements of Style. Now available for the first time in published form, Plain Style is fundamentally a clear, readable, practical guide to the timeless principles of effective composition. At the same time, however, in ways that Stewart Weaver explains in his critical introduction, it is a distinctive and revealing addition to the published work of an eminent American thinker. No mere primer, Plain Style is an essay in cultural criticism, a political treatise even, by one for whom directness, clarity, and honesty of expression were essential to the living spirit of democracy. As the teachers and students who have for years benefited from its succinct wisdom will testify, Plain Style is an indispensable guide to writing and, indeed, Christopher Lasch's least-expected but perhaps most serviceable work.

Comments: (6)
Duzshura
Plain Style is a fantastic book for anyone learning how to write better. Lasch builds off of Shrunk and White and directs toward an audience (specifically historians). I think that first-year students (undergrads and graduates) need to read this book as to help write in a readable and concise manner.

This book helped me get rid off useless writing tricks that so many people see in academic writing. Lasch criticizes many authors for deliberately using jargon that separates the writer from the audience and points out many famous authors that were inspirational, but their writing was less than desirable (Herbert Croley comes to mind). He also is based on George Orwell's notion of plain writing.

If you want to be a better writer, this book will be a tool you can use. Plain Style will not guarantee one will be a better writer because writing is a craft that takes time grasp, but this book, combined with Shrunk and White, Kate Turabian, George Orwell's Politics and the English Language and Willam Zinsser will help a person think about writing and will help you become a conscious writer.
MisterMax
A brilliant work. On the surface just a great guide, but simple, guide to writing; however, there is an underlying theme of witty biting political commentary about the use and abuse of the English language. The best part is in the introduction where it gives examples of some of the arcane writing Lasch was rebelling against.
Matty
Great book. Very useful for me that english is my second language.
Error parents
I appreciate what the author was attempting to do, but do not feel the book succeeds. It is too dry to read on its own (as a sort of William Safire-style curmudgeon rant on language), and not comprehensive enough to be a useful desk reference.
In addition, the first 30 or so pages are actually a biography of the author (who died a few years ago) by one of his colleagues. Perhaps to someone researching Lasch himself (who was, admittedly, a renown academic) this material would be interesting, but it isn't in the context of language reference.
Iaran
Plain Style was written in 1985 by Christopher Lasch, a history professor who was frustrated with his students' lack of writing ability. There are six sections:

Elementary Principles of Literary Construction
Conventions Governing Punctuation, Capitalization, Typography, and Footnotes
Characteristics of Bad Writing
Words Often Misused
Words Often Mispronounced
Proofreaders' Marks

Apparently Lasch's frustration with students went beyond just their writing skills. "I keep simplifying my course in 20th century American history, but the students keep getting dumber faster than I can simplify it," Lasch wrote in a letter to his father. "Every year the illiteracy gets worse."

The current book was published after the author's death and includes an introduction by Stewart Weaver. The introduction is disproportionately long, taking up 42 of 121 pages.
Ballagar
The introductory essay alone makes this book worthwhile -- the editor traces Lasch's evolution as a historian, and shows how his interest in plain writing evolved along with his political thinking. The examples in the text are both entertaining and informative, and the writing advice is excellent. A good resource people who care about how writing and thinking impact our society.
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