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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…

Cratylus

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Plato


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

English as She is Wrote

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Anonymous


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

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…

The Philosophy of Style

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Herbert Spencer


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

Dialogo delle lingue

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Sperone Speroni


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

Mark Twain's Speeches, Part 2

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Mark Twain


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

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…

How to Write a Novel

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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…

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 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…

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

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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…

Writing Wrongly

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Thomas Corfield


When the worst writer in history self-publishes his books, the world of literature is decimated overnight. Illiteracy becomes something to a…

Reading, Writing, Romans


Various


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The Convivio

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Dante Alighieri


Convivio (The Banquet) is a work written by Dante Alighieri roughly between 1304 and 1307. This unfinished work of Dante consists of four tr…

Paradise Regained

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John Milton


Paradise Regained is a poem by the 17th century English poet John Milton, published in 1671. It is connected by name to his earlier and more…

Nobody

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Susan Warner


There are many romantic tales about a handsome and rich man falling in love with a beautiful lower class woman over the objections of his fa…

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