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Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By John R. Trimble

Published by Longman

Published Date: Jan 3, 2011

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This bestselling brief supplementary text is for any course in which students write.


Writing with Style is storehouse of practical writing tips–written in a lively, conversational style. This text provides insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a dull style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions–and much more.   Trimble is readily accessible to first-year college students, yet sophisticated enough to delight a senior English Honors class. Unusually flexible, the book can function equally well as both a self-teaching text (in literature courses, etc.) and a companion text (in composition and journalism courses).

Table of Contents



A Word About These “Conversations”

Preface to the Third Edition




Chapter 1: Thinking Well


Chapter 2: Getting Launched


Chapter 3: Openers


Chapter 4: Middles


Chapter 5: Closers


Chapter 6: Diction


Chapter 7: Readability


Chapter 8: Superstitions


Chapter 9: Critical Analysis: Jousting with Mencken


Chapter 10:  Dramatizing Your Ideas


Chapter 11: Revising


Chapter 12: Proofreading

    Odds and Ends


Chapter 13: Punctuation







    Exclamation points 


Chapter 14: Quoting 

    Punctuation introducing quotations

    Punctuation at the end of quotations 

    Miscellaneous small points 

    Indented quotations 

    Orphan quotes 


    Punctuating run-on quotations of poetry 

    References for quotations 

    Punctuating parenthetical references 


    Editorial insertions (square brackets)


Chapter 15: Abbreviations


Chapter 16: Tips on Usage 


Chapter 17: Epilogue 




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$20.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-205-02881-8