Oxford Essential Guide To Writing Essay

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Thomas S. Kane If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as "unsold and destroyed" to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payments for this "stripped book." Acknowledgments This book is based on The Oxford Guide to Writing: A Rhetoric and Handbook for College Students, and thanks are due once more to those who contributed to that book: my friend and colleague Leonard J. Peters; Professors Miriam Baker of Dowling College, David Hamilton of the University of Iowa, Robert Lyons and Sandra Schor of Queens College of the City University of New York, and Joseph Trimmer of Ball State University, all of whom read the manuscript and contributed perceptive comments; Ms. Cheryl Kupper, who copyedited that text with great thoroughness and care; and John W. Wright, my editor at the Oxford University Press. For the present edition I am again grateful to Professor Leonard J. Peters and to John W. Wright. In addition I wish to thank William P. Sisler and Joan Bossert, my editors at Oxford University Press, who encouraged, criticized, and improved, as good editors do. Kittery Point, Maine December 1987 T.S.K. Contents Introduction 3 1. Subject, Reader, and Kinds of Writing 5 2. Strategy and Style 9 3. Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics 13 PART 1 The Writing Process Looking for Subjects 19 Exploring for Topics 23 Making a Plan 29 Drafts and Revisions 34 17 4. 5. 6. 7. PART II. 8. 9. 10. 11. PART 3 The Essay 43 Beginning 45 Closing 60 Organizing the Middle 67 Point of View, Persona, and Tone 74 The Expository Paragraph 87 12. Basic Structure 89 13. Paragraph Unity 95 14. Paragraph Development: (1) Illustration and Restatement 106 8 CONTENTS 15. Paragraph Development: (2) Comparison, Contrast, and Analogy 114 16.

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