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Title:
The new well-tempered sentence : a punctuation handbook for the innocent, the eager, and the doomed
Author:
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth.
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Edition:
Revised and expanded.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1993]

©1993
Physical Description:
x, 147 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The well-tempered sentence. 1983.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780618382019
Format :
Book

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Summary

At long last, The New Well-Tempered Sentence rescues punctuation from the perils of boredom, with wholly original explanations of the rules of punctuation, whimsical graphics, and utterly unforgettable characters (yes, characters in a grammar book). Gordon teaches you clearly and simply where to place a comma and how to use an apostrophe. Gradually, as you master the elusive slashes, dots, and dashes that give expression to our most perplexing thoughts, you will find yourself in the grip ofa bizarre and bemusing comedy of manners. Witty, saucy, and utterly unforgettable, The New Well-Tempered Sentence is a must-have for anyone who has ever despaired of opening a punctuation handbook but whose sentences despair without one.


Author Notes

Karen Elizabeth Gordon is the author of the classic and comic reference books The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, The New Well-Tempered Sentence, and Torn Wings and Faux Pas. Her wanderlusting fiction includes The Ravenous Muse, The Red Shoes and Other Tattered Tales, and Paris Out of Hand. She lives in Berkeley, California and Paris.