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Torn Wings and Faux Pas

Torn Wings and Faux Pas - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679442424

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ISBN13: 978-0679442424
ISBN10: 0679442421
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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Published: 1997
International: No

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Torn Wings and Faux Pas - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679442424

Karen Elizabeth Gordon

ISBN13: 978-0679442424
ISBN10: 0679442421
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Pantheon Books

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Karen Elizabeth Gordon playfully instructs her readers about grammar and style as she plunges them into her magical world teeming with a wildly imaginative menagerie of winged and terrestrial creatures. Six eccentric fictional authorities, including sex-changing Natty Ampersand and Medievalist Vargas Scronx, give the book a sense of send-up in addition to its trusty practicality. A farouche faun with cloven hoofs, black rats, sirens and sphinxes, turbaned serpents, dragons, brigands and a butler make their appearance in unforgettable sentences and imaginary landscapes, such as brooding Trajikistan, to beguile the reader through such confusions and corrections as dangling and misplaced modifiers, double negatives, parallel construction, and a voluptuous riot of word abuses and preferable usage. Gordon also tames such confusing grammatical beasts as the elliptical clause, split infinitives, and many more. Rikki Ducornet has drawn more than fifty whimsical illustrations that capture the eccentric spirit of the text.

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