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Mark My Words: Profiles of Punctuation in Modern Literature
  

Mark My Words: Profiles of Punctuation in Modern Literature (Paperback)

By Mitchell, Lee Clark

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The pace at which this world unfolds is supervised by punctuation. - Fredric Jameson Mark My Words is a brief book on punctuation, style, and modern literature. Most writers are not notable for their punctuation, but more than a handful of the major figures in modern literature h... read full description below.

ISBN 9781501360725
Barcode 9781501360725
Release Date 14 May 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781501360725
ISBN-10 1501360728
Stock Release date is 14 May 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 14 May 2020
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic USA
Release Date 14 May 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Mitchell, Lee Clark
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 197mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
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Description of this Book

The pace at which this world unfolds is supervised by punctuation. - Fredric Jameson Mark My Words is a brief book on punctuation, style, and modern literature. Most writers are not notable for their punctuation, but more than a handful of the major figures in modern literature have signature styles that are defined by their punctuation choices. Why are Emily Dickinson and Henry James (as well as Laurence Sterne) drawn habitually to dashes? Why is Cormac McCarthy a fan of commas and question marks, which William Carlos Williams tends to ignore? And why is that odd couple, the novelist Virginia Woolf and the short story specialist Andre Dubus II, devoted to semicolons (along, as it happens, with Flaubert)? Why do E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, and Nikki Giovanni prefer no punctuation at all? More importantly, what effect do such nonverbal marks have on the author's vision? Lee Clark Mitchell unpicks what such preferences imply, showing that each form of punctuation serves a singular thematic end. The first book on modern literature to compare writers' use of punctuation, and to show how fully typographical marks alter our sense of authorial styles, Mark My Words offers new ways of reading some of our most important and beloved writers as well as new perspectives on literary style itself.

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Author's Bio

Lee Clark Mitchell is Holmes Professor of Belles-Lettres at Princeton University, USA. He is the author of six books, including Mere Reading: The Poetics of Wonder in Modern American Novels (Bloomsbury 2017), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year, Late Westerns: The Persistence of a Genre (2018), and More Time: Contemporary Short Stories and Late Style (2019). He is the editor of five books, including The American by Henry James (2005, with Introduction ) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1993, with Introduction ).

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