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The Elements of Eloquence highlights the importance of style in an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance.

From classic poetry to pop lyrics, Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, and even Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! my Captain!” or “To be, or not to be”—memorable.

In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, Forsyth takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say—you simply need to say it well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We can all agree that true eloquence is irresistible, but how do we achieve it in this shoddy age of hashtags and acronyms? This new book…dares to answer that question and he does it in the most entertaining ways, summonsing up examples from everyone from ancient orators and Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde and Dolly Parton.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “The Facebook of books…Before you know it, you’ve been reading for an hour.”

    The Chicago Tribune, praise for The Etymologicon

  • “Forsyth…has written a witty ‘dictionary’ of rhetorical sayings used in contemporary English-language writing. The structure of the book is as funny as it is intelligent…This enjoyable read is perfect for anyone interested in writing, literary humor, or the combination of the two.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Forsyth] succeeds in creating a book to be not just browsed but absorbed…Get ready to be impressed and entertained.”

    Library Journal, praise for The Horologicon

  • “Snack-food style blends with health-food substance for a most satisfying meal.”

    Kirkus Reviews, praise for The Etymologicon

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