INTRODUCTION This is the best book on writing ever published.
The most ancient European languages—those that have longest avoided infiltration by other languages—are the most complicated in their grammar and syntax.
English does not run on its own rails, like French, with a simply managed mechanism of knobs and levers, so that any army officer or provincial mayor can always, at a minute’s notice, glide into a graceful speech in celebration of any local or national event, however unexpected. The fact is that English has altogether too many resources for the ordinary person, and nobody holds it against him if he speaks or writes badly.
In the Fair Copy we have guessed at the heights and distances which the reader will want to be given; the correct ones are not to be found in the original.
First published in 1947, The Reader Over Your Shoulder remains required reading for anyone who wants to write more clearly and artfully. Here editor Alan Hodge and author Robert Graves tells the reader to write as if 'a crowd of prospective readers were looking over their shoulder', anticipating possible questions and criticisms. They identifies the most common blunders writers make and lay out 41 principles showing how to avoid them. Their insights are as fresh as they were 70 years ago, and indispensable to writers of English prose.… (more)
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