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Say it with style - on paper or in person.

This book explains why the best writing sounds that way, with hundreds of examples from Lincoln, Churchill, and other masters of the language. Farnsworth shows how small choices about words, sentences, and paragraphs put force into writing and speech that have stood the test of time. This is must for anyone who wants to speak or write with clear, persuasive, enjoyable, unforgettable style.

©2020 Ward Farnsworth (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • 29-12-20

Superb and fascinating!

I am baffled by the lack of ratings and reviews for this excellent book. Fascinating and almost clinically thorough, "Farnsworth's Classical English Style" examines what makes both spoken and written word powerful and engaging. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. are the most heavily featured illustrations of what superb writing and oratory can achieve. In minute detail, Farnsworth explains how and why the choice of words, sentence structure, cadence, and other language devices either help or hinder conveying one's message. The plethora of quoted sources inspires further reading and study. Those interested in language, writing, and oratory will find this book fascinating and immensely helpful.

WARNING: The book is narrated by an American since the author himself is American. (Upon seeing "classical English", I assumed the narrator would be British.) However, while I normally find American English in audiobooks an assault on the ears, John Lescault does, in my humble opinion, a good job and the accent was not an issue for me while listening.

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