Adios, Strunk & White: A Handbook for the New Academic Essay 5th edition

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9780937363416: Adios, Strunk & White: A Handbook for the New Academic Essay 5th edition

The book explains the writing tools strong writers know but never talk about. For professional writers, college students and professors, K-12 teachers, and self-taught writers. Style for business, academic, scientific, and creative writing through concepts that appeal to our rhythmic, spatial sensitivities. Ways to develop a distinct voice, merge style with critical thinking, logic, and research. Everything explained with verve. The Hoffmans practice what they preach.

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About the Author:

Nothing has affected me as a professor of English more than attending the School of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley when I was eighteen. Several years later (after switching to English and art at UCLA, and then as a PhD candidate in English at the University of Southern California) just finishing my first year as an instructor at Orange Coast College, I had a nightmare: a career stretching years ahead made miserable not so much by thought-sloppy student essays but by the boredom of reading A papers, propped up by grammatical correctness and safe English-teacher formulas such as the five-paragraph essay. I remember asking what those A papers had to do with Joan Didion s incisive voice. Where were Norman-Maileresque fire flashes? This realization started an unimaginable process. I designed new ways of thinking about writing into a book called Writeful. Four years after Writeful, I met Glynis who also believed style was more than just attitude; it shaped content. When she opened Writeful, she told me, she saw a truth she always knew form followed function. As Glynis finished degrees in English at California State University, Fullerton, and entered the teaching profession at several campuses, she visited my writing courses, dragging me outside during breaks to explain how my designs needed renovations. When she started teaching at Orange Coast College, she revised many of the designs and finally began to Bauhaus some of her own. Thirteen years after I had written Writeful, Glynis and I rewrote Writeful into Adios, Strunk and White. And now, over ten years later, we are still discovering ways to improve Adios. Gary Hoffman

Review:

I didn't believe written voice could be taught. As an MFA graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, I wandered bookstore writing sections, thumbing spines as though secret answers might be one shelf away. Now I watch Adios sneak up on my students: first with Freighting and Telescoping, momentum-packed Nettings, jabbing Very Short Sentences, Melted-Together-Words that say what no adjective could say, and parenthetical Dash Skewers that confide and reveal. By the end of the semester, students are floored by their own voice s power. Gwendolyn Oxenham, Professor of English and Documentary Filmmaker The Hoffman s solution is to invent a terminology that labels the effects, rather than the mechanics, of rhetorical technique. Their result is fascinating. The book is comprehensive, undogmatic, and evocative. I bought it because the title filled me with glee. Sandra in Australia From Thus Strunk the Prophet in Connectives Adios is so well written that my students actually read it on their own time for FUN!!!?? I KNOW this book has changed the way I think about writing and the teaching of writing! Lisa Edmunds, a.k.a. The Grammar Goddess on amazon.com Now everywhere I see the techniques discussed in Adios. Adios has made me not only a better writer, but a better reader. Jennifer Hanna, UCLA Anthropology and Mythology student --amazon.com

Over the years, I have recommended Adios to professional writers poets, technical writers, novelists, essayists novice writing groups, high school and college teachers, anyone who writes. All have been grateful for how the book rejuvenated their writing.Chapters like Trojan Horse, Devil s Advice, Raising the Dead, and Double Exposure outfit writers with patterns to weave their ideas into fashionable attire, leaving other essays looking frumpy and out of style in comparison. Donna Barnard, A Dose of Adios in Pedagogy, Duke University Press The Hoffmans promise, and deliver, a textbook without what they call teacherese. Leigh Ann Weatherford, From This is Wondrous Strange in Pedagogy, Duke University Press --Pedagogy, Duke University Press --Pedagogy

Adios deserves a wide audience. A teacher may spend a lot of time mumbling, Why didn t I think of that? Art Peterson, National Writing Project, University of California Berkeley Adios challenges all other books on the reference shelves, including Strunk and White s Elements of Style. Shirley Burst, Writing Teacher Newsletter --UC Berkeley Writing Project/ Verve Review --Writing Teacher Newsletter

Over the years, I have recommended Adios to professional writers poets, technical writers, novelists, essayists novice writing groups, high school and college teachers, anyone who writes. All have been grateful for how the book rejuvenated their writing.Chapters like Trojan Horse, Devil s Advice, Raising the Dead, and Double Exposure outfit writers with patterns to weave their ideas into fashionable attire, leaving other essays looking frumpy and out of style in comparison. Donna Barnard, A Dose of Adios in Pedagogy, Duke University Press The Hoffmans promise, and deliver, a textbook without what they call teacherese. Leigh Ann Weatherford, From This is Wondrous Strange in Pedagogy, Duke University Press --Pedagogy, Duke University Press --Pedagogy

Adios deserves a wide audience. A teacher may spend a lot of time mumbling, Why didn t I think of that? Art Peterson, National Writing Project, University of California Berkeley Adios challenges all other books on the reference shelves, including Strunk and White s Elements of Style. Shirley Burst, Writing Teacher Newsletter --UC Berkeley Writing Project/ Verve Review --Writing Teacher Newsletter

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