The Elements of Eloquence How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

by Mark Forsyth

The Real World

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From the bestselling wordmaster Mark Forsyth, an investigation into what makes a memorable phrase, what makes it stick in our minds and get quoted endlessly. He analyses what makes something like “To be or not to be” so successful, then shows how the humble reader can create their own immortal phrases and deathless prose.

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Whether you want to achieve literary immortality or just persuade people of the genius of your thoughts, says Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well. And to say it well you just need to know the tricks of the trade, the simple formulas that have been in use from The Bible to The Beatles, from proverbs to number one singles. These are the timeless techniques of classical rhetoric that worked just as well for Tennyson as they do for Tarantino. Join Mark as he explains, in his inimitably lucid and entertaining way, why you remember lines like 'Bond. James Bond' and 'To be or not to be', how Katy Perry adapted Charles Dickens, and the intriguing complexity of Dirty Harry's rhetorical questions. In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.

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ISBN: 9781785781728
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781785781728
Publication date: 7th November 2013
Author: Mark Forsyth
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Genres: The Real World,
Categories: Language: history & general works,

About Mark Forsyth

Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist, proofreader, ghostwriter and pedant. He was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. In 2009 he started the Inky Fool blog, in order to share his heaps of use-less information with a verbose world. He is also the author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon, and its successful sister volume, The Horologicon, both published by Icon Books.

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