Farnsworth's Classical English Style by Ward Farnsworth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781567926651
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - April 21st, 2020

This book is an absolute delight to read full of examples of some of the very best prose in English. Farnsworth’s project is to enumerate and explain stylistic felicities of the past. While his take on contemporary prose is more pessimistic than warranted, Farnsworth’s indubitably accurate thesis is that the best English stylists often used opposition as a source of rhetorical power. And then come the wonderful lines organized by various techniques or tropes—Anglo-Saxon vs. Latinate word choice, metonymy, hyperbole, alternating long and short sentences, anacoluthon (grammatical disruption), prose rhythm, etc. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

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