The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Paperback)

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"Charming and erudite," from the author of the forthcoming Enlightenment Now (February 2018), "The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem." --Time.com

Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing--and why should we care? From the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and the forthcoming Enlightenment Now

In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times-bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

About the Author


Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He has been listed among Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" and Time's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World." He is currently chair of the Usage Panel of The American Heritage Dictionary.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143127796
ISBN-10: 0143127799
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English