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How to Write a Novel

Read by Brett W. Downey


Anonymous


I address myself to the man or woman of talent—those people who have writing ability, but who need instruction in the manipulation of charac…

In the Path of the Alphabet

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Frances Jermain


Language: we all use it and few of us think about the form it takes on the page. But how did the transmittal of ideas in written form evolve…

Cratylus

Read by Geoffrey Edwards


Plato


Cratylus (ΚΡΑΤΥΛΟΣ) discusses whether things have names by mere convention or have true names which can only be correctly applied to the obj…

The Raven and The Philosophy Of Composition

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Edgar Allan Poe


Poe’s famous narrative poem and the author’s reflections on its composition. (David Wales)

The Philosophy of Style

Read by Gary Gilberd


Herbert Spencer


“The Philosophy of Style,” explored a growing trend of formalist approaches to writing. Highly focused on the proper placement and ordering …

Stops, or How to Punctuate

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Paul Allardyce


Throughout the ages, languages continue to adapt and change. English, being a relatively new language, is a nice example of that. Though the…

Dialogo delle lingue

Read by Riccardo Fasol


Sperone Speroni


Pubblicato nel 1542, questo dialogo espone le teorie sulla lingua italiana che, già dal secolo precedente, presero forma, cercando di…

The Technique of the Mystery Story

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Carolyn Wells


For one, I have never been one of those who apologize for my frank and never-ending delight in mystery stories. Their mazes have led me unwe…

Write it Right

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Ambrose Bierce


Witty, opinionated alphabetical examples of what Bierce considered poor (American) English and advice on alternatives - entertaining, though…

English Synonyms and Antonyms

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James Champlin Fernald


English Synonyms and Antonyms is basically a vocabulary builder that students might use as they prepare for entrance or exit exams. Each ent…

The Columbian Orator, by Caleb Bingham

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Caleb Bingham


The Columbian Orator, a collection of political essays, poems, and dialogues first published in 1797, was widely used in American schoolroom…

English as She is Wrote

Read by TriciaG


Anonymous


"...Showing Curious ways in which the English Language may be made to convey Ideas or obscure them." A collection of unintentional…

Mark Twain's Speeches, Part 2

Read by John Greenman


Mark Twain


This collection of the 195 known, publicly-printed speeches of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was compiled by Paul Fatout and publish…

Confessions of a Book-Lover

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E. Walter Walters


"I am of the company of book men who read simply for the love of it," confesses E. Walter Walters, in this gently written tome. Wa…

Literature in the Making, by Some of its Makers

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Various


This is a collection of 23 essays based on interviews conducted by Joyce Kilmer with some of the most famous authors of the time (1917). Kil…

The American Language

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H. L. Mencken


"It was part of my daily work, for a good many years, to read the principal English newspapers and reviews; it has been part of my work…

Estudio sobre el arte de hablar en público

Read by Tux


Louis Bautain


El autor de este tratado de oratoria, uno de los individuos mas respetados y que figura entre los tres ó cuatro oradores y pensadores…

A Cursory History of Swearing

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Julian Sharman


This is a very readable scientific account of Swearing and Cursing in the English Language. Not only is an enlightening historical account g…

Reading, Writing, Romans


Various


University of Oxford Podcasts

MIT 4.696 A Global History of Architecture Writing Seminar Spring 2008


MIT OpenCourseWare


This course will study the question of Global Architecture from the point of view of producing a set of lectures on that subject. The course…

Writing Awesome Book Blurbs - A Modern Indie Author's Guide

Read by Evo Terra


Evo Terra


This book is not for dummies, but it is a guide for the modern indie author. Big Publishing spends big bucks on professional copywriters who…

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