The Quotable Guide to Punctuation

ISBN : 9780190675530

Stephen Spector
318 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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This book makes punctuation more fun and easier to learn than traditional approaches do. It teaches the natural way, by example: each lesson begins with quotes that exemplify good punctuation and sentence structure. Quotations are humorous and informative, drawn from the words of notable figures-Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Jerry Seinfeld, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, and many others. Short essays accompany each lesson, showing how each punctuation mark originated and how its use has altered over time. Correct punctuation is vital for clear, accurate, and natural writing. Anyone preparing a course assignment, applying for a job or for college admission, or doing any other formal writing needs to know the standard conventions of punctuation. Yet many people have never been taught how to punctuate. A necessary addition to any writer's bookshelf, this enjoyable book will teach readers to punctuate effectively and confidently-through over 500 memorable quotes and clear explanations of the rules.


Punctuation-Who Needs It?

1: Defining Some Really Basic Terms
2: Apostrophes
3: Colons
4: Commas
5: Dashes
6: En Dashes
7: Exclamation Points!!!!
8: However: How to Get the Punctuation Right Every Time
9: Hyphens
10: Parentheses and Square Brackets
11: Periods
12: Ellipses
13: Abbreviations, Contractions, Numbers, and Dates
14: The Angry, Aggressive Period
15: Question Marks
16: Quotation Marks
17: Quotes within Quotes
18: Run-on Sentences
19: Semicolons
20: Starting Sentences with And or But

About the author: 

Stephen Spector is professor of English and former department chair at SUNY Stony Brook University. He has published eight books, dealing mainly with religion, politics, and language. He has received numerous prizes, fellowships, and grants, has been a Visiting Scholar at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and has held research fellowship appointments at the National Humanities Center and Wesleyan University.

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