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The art of writing well

By F. L. Lucas

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About the Author

F. L. Lucas

F. L. Lucas (1894-1967), Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, was a distinguished scholar known for his studies of the classics as well as of English literature. The Sunday Times wrote that "Lucas has distinguished himself in more than thirty volumes as a poet, a novelist, a translator, a biographer, a critic and an editor. He is entitled to write about style because he writes with style."

Contents Listing

About the Author
A Brief History of Style

Preface
Author's Acknowledgements

1. The Value of Style
2. The Foundation of Style - Character
3. Courtesy to Readers (1), Clarity
4. Courtesy to Readers (2), Brevity and Variety
5. Courtesy to Readers (3), Urbanity and Simplicity
6. Good Humour and Gaiety
7. Good Sense and Sincerity
8. Good Health and Vitality
9. Simile and Metaphor
10. The Harmony of Prose
11. Methods of Writing

Publisher's Acknowledgements
Index
About the Author
A Brief History of Style

Preface
Author's Acknowledgements

1. The Value of Style
2. The Foundation of Style - Character
3. Courtesy to Readers (1), Clarity
4. Courtesy to Readers (2), Brevity and Variety
5. Courtesy to Readers (3), Urbanity and Simplicity
6. Good Humour and Gaiety
7. Good Sense and Sincerity
8. Good Health and Vitality
9. Simile and Metaphor
10 ...

Jacket Text

"The best book on the art of writing that I know is F. L. Lucas's Style"
- Joseph Epstein, New Criterion, June 2011

Lost for almost forty years, Style has acquired the status of a legend. Loved by some of the greatest modern authors and acclaimed by critics, this guide to recognising and writing stylish prose was written by a Cambridge don and veteran of Bletchley Park. Imbued with a lifetime of wit and wisdom, it retains its power today.

Writing forcefully and persuasively has never mattered so much - and Style is the perfect guide for the busy, the ambitious, and the creative.

With unique authority and good humour, F. L. Lucas takes us through his ten points of effective prose style and provides a tour of some of the best (and worst) that has been written in a number of languages and literatures. Wry, perceptive and rich in quotation and anecdote, the book reads like a personal conversation on the art of writing well - with a master of the art.

Professional Reviews

Praise for previous editions

"This book is certain to delight many readers" - Sunday Times

"Lucas's advice can do nothing but good. His own style illustrates the virtues he commends." - Guardian

"Young readers particularly should find his book useful not only for what it has to say about style but for the supple and manly prose in which it is written." - Times Literary Supplement

"By following his own precepts, and by the modesty and wit with which the enormous range of his learning is put at his reader's disposal, Lucas has written a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating book." - Daily Telegraph

"This is a splendid book." - Times Educational Supplement


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