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Born in France in 1907, Jacques Barzun came to the United States in 1920. After graduating from Columbia College, he joined the faculty of the university, becoming Seth Low Professor of History and, for a decade, Dean of Faculties and Provost. The author of some thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller From Dawn to Decadence, he received the Gold Medal for Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he was twice president. He lived in San Antonio, Texas, before passing away at age 104.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 268 pagine
  • Editore: Perennial; 4 Reprint edizione (dicembre 2001)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0060937238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060937232
  • Peso di spedizione: 249 g
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Di Saurav il 1 febbraio 2013
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Being a graduate student, I have to do lot of writings and this is helping me a lot. I like this book !
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32 di 33 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle An Excellent Guide 22 maggio 2000
Di W. A. Bussey - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I read this book - twice. I am not an academic; I am a writer, and I find book to be not only useful but entertaining (as are most of Barzun's writings). As a writer he is careful and exact if not always concise. But even his lack of brevity has its merits; there is no misunderstanding what he is saying. I believe that only someone who has difficulty understanding the English language could call this book ". . .one of the worst books on English composition. . ." It is well written, well organized, and, although not always simple and direct, always complete, grammatically correct, and understandable.
As to another review, modern linguistic research has little to do with learning to produce a composition in English? Additonally in that review, the not-so-thinly veiled ad hominem attack on Barzun as being "pompous" and "nasty" has little to do with the merits of the book and do not constitute a review.
I certainly recommend the book for some excellent insight on how to write properly. Be prepared to work at it a bit, but that's as it should be; correct English writing requires some effort.
8 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle "Writing can only be self-taught" 12 aprile 2013
Di Don Burger - Pubblicato su
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Many textbooks that are written about how to improve your writing, insist that the reader memorize a long list of "Rules" to be memorized and practiced, in order to become a more effective writer. I've found this approach to be very boring and futile. By contrast, SIMPLE & DIRECT is a frank discussion of the most common writing faults possessed by folks such as you and me, who aspire to simply write ordinary prose in a more interesting and effective manner. Each of the seven chapters in this book covers a particular subject such as the one on Diction, which informs the reader of the true meaning of many of the common words that you and I use every day. This topic, then, is followed with about fifteen, or more, sentences that show examples of the subject being discussed. You are then asked to re-write each sentence, conforming as closely as you can with what you've learned in the topic above. At the end of the book, there's a list of these same sentences, shown as they might have been written more effectively. This little exercise has been very interesting and helpful to me.

Some of the topics covered in SIMPLE & DIRECT are:

DICTION, or Which Word to Use. LINKING, or What to Put Next. TONE AND TUNE, or What Impression Will It Make? MEANING, or What do I Want to Say? COMPOSITION, or How Does It All Hang Together? REVISION, or What Have I Actually Said?

"Writing", the author says, "can only be self-taught.". This excellent little book will give you a practical, down-to-earth way to teach yourself how to write better.

The author, Jacques Barzun, was born in France, and died recently in El Paso, Texas. He has written several best-selling books, such as THE CULTURE WE DESERVE and FROM DAWN TO DECADENCE, both of which I own and value very highly.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 20 giugno 2017
Di Michelle O. - Pubblicato su
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great informative reading!!
5.0 su 5 stelle Every writer should read this, once every two years or so. 29 ottobre 2014
Di Candyman - Pubblicato su
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This is one of the best books on writing out there. The author is very full of himself, like a Nicholas Taleb but his views, tips and examples are gold.

This book is a must read every few years if you are a writer. It's not in most curriculums for some reason so it makes a great gift for high school or college age people interested in writing.

I wish more people would read this book then the world wouldn't be as full of crap writing as it woefully is.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Writing to be understood 19 maggio 2007
Di C. G. Bradshaw - Pubblicato su
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"Simple and Direct" has a well deserved reputation for anyone wanting to improve their writing skills.

In print for a quarter of a century (updated with a fourth edition in 2001), the book is a "handbook for whoever wants to conquer some of the permanent difficulties of writing prose".

Barzun recognises this challenge upfront: "Writing always presents problems, dilemmas, some of which beset all writers, even great ones; but there is no need to be baffled by all the difficulties every time you write."

The book is hard going at first because of the detailed explanations but once you grasp how he has broken English into its basic elements and then combines them it's difficult to put "Simple and Direct" down.

Barzun can be didactic but his gentle wit makes up for finger wagging. For instance on diction: "But his real interest lay elsewhere than the Court of George II." Barzun notes: "It turns out on further reading that his real interest (singular) did lie at the court; it was one of the ladies-in-waiting; but his real interests (plural), meaning what would be better for his fortune, lay in his country estate."

Finding the right tone can be torture. Barzun's advice: "The best tone is the tone called plain, unaffected, unadorned. It does not talk down or jazz up ... it does not try to dazzle or cajole the indifferent; it takes no posture of coziness or sophistication. It is the most difficult of all tones, also the most adaptable. When you can write plain you can trust yourself in special effects."

Structuring your writing for maximum interest and flow is challenging. His remedy: make a quick "shorthand" outline of your draft using a key word (or key words) for each paragraph. It helps disentangle your meaning and more effectively order your ideas.

This is one of the better books on writing and style. It's a useful companion to gems like "Elements of Style" (William Strunk Jr and E B White) and "Newsman's English" (Harold Evans) - revised in a modern edition as "Essential English".

"Simple and Direct" is a rewarding read for those determined to write better -- with economy, clarity, vigour -- and, most importantly, to be understood.