The Elements of Eloquence

The Elements of Eloquence

How To Turn the Perfect English Phrase

by Mark Forsyth

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 03/01/2017

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A new cover look for all three of Mark Forsyth's brilliant books on words and phrases, on the 5th anniversary of The Etymologicon's publication.

From the author of the Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling The Etymologicon

In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable.

In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

'An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric...Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' - David Marsh, Guardian

ISBN:
9781785781728
9781785781728
Category:
Language: history & general works
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
03-01-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Icon Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
208
Dimensions (mm):
200x130x19mm
Weight:
0.2kg
Mark Forsyth

Born in London in 1977, Mark Forsyth (a.k.a The Inky Fool) was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back.

His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller, and his TED Talk 'What's a snollygoster?' has had more than half a million views.

He has also written a specially commissioned essay 'The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted' for Independent Booksellers Week and the introduction for the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary.

He lives in London with his dictionaries, and blogs

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