Media Center: 'Several Short Sentences About Writing' by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Media Center: 'Several Short Sentences About Writing' by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Author photoWHO: Verlyn Klinkenborg


Published by Knopf August 8, 2012

“A unique anatomy of the sentence and the writing mind…a clarifying and invigorationg book.

“Expertise and zeal are required for an established writer to offer genuinely useful guidance to aspiring writers. It helps if the writer teaches writing, as Klinkenborg has for many years. It’s good, too, if the advising writer takes a fresh approach. At a glance, it looks as though Klinkenborg has written a long poem about the craft of writing. Instead, he has dispensed with connecting tissue to emphasize the importance of strong sentences. Line by line, he encourages writers to be aware of the nuanced meanings of words, gain a firm grasp of grammar and syntax, and develop the patience for revision. He also addresses matters of ‘thought and perception,’ the wellsprings of cogent writing.” —Donna Seaman, BOOKLIST

Photo of jacket“A careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.”

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