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Writer's Art

“A witty, entertaining, and enlightening antidote to sloppy, inflated, vague, or dull prose.” —Publishers Weekly

Writing comes in grades of quality in the fashion of beer and baseball games—good, better, and best.

With the experience of a lifetime spent writing, James J. Kilpatrick wants to make a few judgment calls. Here, in the great tradition of Theodore Bernstein, Edwin Newman, and William Safire, a master of the art gives us a finely crafted, witty guide to writing well. Intended for laymen and professionals alike, The Writer’s Art highlights techniques and examples of good writing—and a section of the book called “My Crotchets and Your Crotchets” comprises more than two hundred personal judgment calls, often controversial, often funny, on word usage.

“Put it on your shelf between Strunk & White’s Elements of Style and William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An honest, forthright, and at times charming look into American usage.” —The New York Times Book Review

The Writer’s Art is itself a work of art.” —Dallas Morning News

James J. Kilpatrick, William F. Buckley

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC