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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roy Peter Clark Narrator: Roy Peter Clark Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Early in the history of english, glamour and grammar were the same word, linked to enchantment and magical spells. Now grammar brings to mind language bullies and bored-out-of-their-skulls students. Roy Peter Clark, one of America’s most influential writing teachers, wants to change that by putting the glamour back into grammar.

Whether you are composing a novel, a memo, an e-mail, or a blog post, you can immediately apply any of the lessons Clark lays out in fifty short chapters. Covering everything from the parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs, Clark teaches you how to use periods, commas, and semicolons to their fullest advantage; befriend the lively verb to be; avoid “hyper-grammar”; properly place those tricky modifiers; and harness other secrets of powerful prose. Above all, he teaches you how to master grammar to perfect your use of English, to hone meaning, and to charm through your writing.

In a world where we communicate more and more through emails and text messages, how you use language matters—even in 140 characters. The Glamour of Grammar prepares you top captivate with every word. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very much a manual for the 21st century...a welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone who cares about language-and is willing to argue about it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fine common-sense guide to the proper use of language.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Who knew that a discussion of grammar could induce laughter?”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Roy Peter] Clark takes readers through a well-paced presentation…he conveys the magic that is to be found in English, in its ever active evolution.”

    Library Journal

  • “An engaging and witty exploration of the shifting rules of English grammar...Clark shows breathtaking knowledge of how language is used in the real world and a passionate commitment to helping writers make good choices.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    " This is very nicely done. The thing that I like most about Linda Fairstein's series about Alex Cooper is that shee gives the reader interesting facts about NYC or other subjects. This time the murders revolve around the world of rare books and old maps "

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    " A story that takes place among books! "

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    " I give this 3.5 stars and I always round up ;-) The story was good, but what I enjoyed the most was all the little interesting facts about the New York Public Library and the world of rare books and maps collectors. Very interesting stuff. "

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