Farnsworth’s Classical English Style

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What to expect

Say it with style―on paper or in person.

This book explains why the best writing sounds that way, with hundreds of examples from Lincoln, Churchill, and other masters of the language. Farnsworth shows how small choices about words, sentences, and paragraphs put force into writing and speech that have stood the test of time. This is must for anyone who wants to speak or write with clear, persuasive, enjoyable, unforgettable style.

Critics Review

  • “Mr. Farnsworth has written an original and absorbing guide to English style. Get it if you can.”

    Wall Street Journal
  • “A storehouse of effective writing, showing the techniques you may freely adapt to make music of your own.”

    Baltimore Sun
  • “For writers aspiring to master the craft, Farnsworth shows how it’s done. For lovers of language, he provides waves of sheer pleasure.”

    Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A great and edifying pleasure.”

    Mark Helprin, New York Times bestselling author
  • “An eloquent study of the very mechanisms of eloquence.”

    Henry Hitchings, author of The Language Wars
  • “His discerning analysis of classical style as wielded by some of the most inspiring writers in English: Jefferson, Lincoln, Churchill, Douglass, and many others.”

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