Modern American Usage

A Guide by Wilson Follett

  • Published: Sep 10, 2020

A classic since its first edition in 1966, Modern American Usage has been called a book that "every literate American ought to read." Now fully revised and brought up-to-date, this one-volume course in good writing brims with helpful answerslarge... read more

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Details of Modern American Usage

Exact title of the book
Modern American Usage
Book author
Wilson Follett
ISBN
9780809001392
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jan 01, 1966
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
360
File size (in PDF)
3240 kB

Some brief overview of book

A classic since its first edition in 1966, Modern American Usage has been called a book that "every literate American ought to read." Now fully revised and brought up-to-date, this one-volume course in good writing brims with helpful answerslarge and smallfor readers who want to use English clearly, naturally, and correctly. Alphabetical for easy consulting (and full of cross-references), the book carries the reader to the entry that explains a troublesome word or phraseand shows how to use or avoid it. Every page offers natural ways to avoid saying or writing the vague, the long-winded, the needlessly technical, and the hopelessly stale.

With verve and eloquence, Erik Wensberg spears the empty words that clog clear thought"impact," "frustrated," "basically," and many moreand offers us good English words that are definite and have more life. Offering standards by which to judge language now and in the future, Modern American Usage takes account of a generation of changes in American idiom and of attempts to reform the use of pronouns, titles, and phrases to fit shifting ideals of social justice. All this it does with easy learning and with sympathy alike for the experienced writer and for those who come new to American English.

About author

Follett (1887-1963) is best known for his classic book on the American English language, Modern American Usage. Left uncompleted upon his death, the book was edited and finished by Jacques Barzun. Follett also published a novel, No More Sea, and edited the twelve-volume The Work of Stephen Crane.

Erik Wensberg has worked as an editor at Esquire and The New York Times Book Review, and has taught nonfiction writing at Columbia University.

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