Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (Paperback)

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    Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.
    The spirited and scholarly #1 New York Times bestseller combines boisterous history with grammar how-to’s to show how important punctuation is in our world—period.
    In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.
    Featuring a foreword by Frank McCourt, and interspersed with a lively history of punctuation from the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes a powerful case for the preservation of proper punctuation.

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    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    ISBN 9781592402038
    Genre LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
    Format Paperback
    Pages 209
    Publisher Date 2006-04-11 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Gotham Books
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 7.25 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.42 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Truss, Lynne

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    • Eats, shoots and leaves

      If you love words or hate to see apostrophes where they don't belong, this book is for you. It's full of humorous stories about the misuse of punctuation and the origin and use of the semicolon and the question mark. I recommend this book to anyone who has to write anything, from letters to the great American novel. You're sure to learn something usefull while being thoroughly entertained.

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