Graphics Press has now published Virginia Tufte’s new book, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. A description of the book, some sample pages, and ordering. About adjectives: all fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences. They make sentences move. Probably the finest technical poem in English is. Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences really came together for me in the last chapter. I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the.

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For me it was a little like reading something in French, I understood the words, but the meaning was occasionally elusive and required me to go back and look at what she said after I studied the examples.

Dec 16, Mark marked it as on-pause Shelves: I don’t think I could even use it as reference. Poetry is paired with technical writing, and science fiction with art criticism.

Choosing to just sample her smorgasbord of sentences will fill you up, too.

View all subjects More like this Similar Items. A writer will learn by reading this book, whether she reads Virginia Tufte’s parsing or not.


Short Sentence, Artful Sentences

Remember me sentwnces this computer. Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. This book is titillating, if you’re the kind of person who’s titillated by whole chapters on short sentences and parallelism.

I remember a teacher long ago who announced that any student paper containing a fragment automatically receiving an F, unless the student had labeled the fragment “intentional.

Artful sentences : syntax as style

This is much more analytical that I anticipated. Finding libraries that hold this item I recently purchased about book about some basic photography techniques. Construction as basic to meaning. An excellent example of this is given by Tufte on page At first, I wondered if I might try too hard to vary the sentence lengths.

No textbookish commonplaces here. Apr 10, Deborah rated it really liked it.

Myself, I’m not big on deconstruction as that path usually leads to meaninglessness and dissatisfaction. Jun 21, Anthony Connolly rated it it was amazing. So, I galloped through the dissections, but the book is bursting with culled sentences as examples of the different constructions.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If you’re trying to figure out something else, like slightly more advanced grammar, maybe you don’t like it as much. And I plan on returning to it again and again. The said it made them more keenly aware tugte the simple components they understood tacitly but would have a hard time explaining to someone else.


Your rating has been recorded. When he gave me this book, which I had not previously heard of, he said that in Davis’s talk on writing, she referenced Artful Sentences as a favorite resource.

And just as a side note, does skimming in desperation count as “read”? You might think artfkl her style, having to introduce and reckon with all of these quotations from different people might become a little wooden or academic-objective.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style – Virginia Tufte – Google Books

And also important, she offers the student a flexible and optimistic view of the possibilities sentences offer. She establishes a great rhythm. I like it not less or more, just different.

And she achieves it. Notify me of new posts by email.