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A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation (Paperback)

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In every writer’s prose, you find their favorite punctuation marks: commas, ellipses, em-dashes, etc. Lukeman’s guide to the tools of the trade teaches what your underuse, or overuse, of each mark says about your writing. You’ll also learn how to hone and master your usage (because let’s be honest, your writing could use some work). An essential reference for all writers. 

— Aric

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"Takes the straitjacket off punctuation…Lukeman's wit and insight make this an instant classic." —M. J. Rose


The first practical and accessible guide to the art of punctuation for creative writers. Punctuation reveals the writer: haphazard commas, for example, reveal haphazard thinking; clear, lucid breaks reveal clear, lucid thinking. Punctuation can be used to teach the writer how to think and how to write. This short, practical book shows authors the benefits that can be reaped from mastering punctuation: the art of style, sentence length, meaning, and economy of words. There are full-length chapters devoted to the period, the comma, the semicolon, the colon, quotation marks, the dash and parentheses, the paragraph and section break, and a cumulative chapter on integrating them all into "The Symphony of Punctuation." Filled with exercises and examples from literary masters (Why did Poe and Melville rely on the semicolon? Why did Hemingway embrace the period?), A Dash of Style is interactive, highly engaging, and a necessity for creative writers as well as for anyone looking to make punctuation their friend instead of their mysterious foe.



About the Author


Noah Lukeman is the author of several bestselling books on the craft of writing, among them A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation. Noah lives in New York City, where he runs a literary agency.

Praise For…


A page turner.
— Brian Ascalon Roley, Miami University

A master class.
— John Burt, Brandeis University

Flawless.
— John Smolens, Northern Michigan MFA

Pithy, elegant.
— Paul Cody, Ithaca College


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393329803
ISBN-10: 0393329801
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 17th, 2007
Pages: 208
Language: English
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