Farnsworth’s Classical English Style

Say it with style—on paper or in person.

From the author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric, a manual for clear, forceful, unforgettable speech. Classical English Style explains why the best writing sounds that way, with more than 100 examples from Lincoln, Churchill, and other masters of the language. Farnsworth shows how small choices about words, sentences, and paragraphs put force into writing and speech that have stood the test of time. A must for lovers of great English.

“An eloquent study of the very mechanisms of eloquence.”
Henry Hitchings

“A great and edifying pleasure.”
Mark Helprin

Farnsworth’s Classical English Style is a storehouse of effective writing, showing the techniques you may freely adapt to make music of your own.”
The Baltimore Sun

“For writers aspiring to master the craft, Farnsworth shows how it’s done. For lovers of language, he provides waves of sheer pleasure.”
Steven Pinker

Praise for Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric

“I must refrain from shouting what a brilliant work this is (præteritio). Farnsworth has written the book as he ought to have written it—and as only he could have written it (symploce). Buy it and read it—buy it and read it (epimone).”
Bryan A. Garner, Garner’s Modern English Usage

“The most immediate pleasure of this book is that it heightens one’s appreciation of the craft of great writers and speakers. Mr. Farnsworth includes numerous examples from Shakespeare and Dickens, Thoreau and Emerson, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. He also seems keen to rehabilitate writers and speakers whose rhetorical artistry is undervalued; besides his liking for Chesterton, he shows deep admiration for the Irish statesman Henry Grattan (1746-1820), whose studied repetition of a word (“No lawyer can say so; because no lawyer could say so without forfeiting his character as a lawyer”) is an instance, we are told, of conduplicatio. But more than anything Mr. Farnsworth wants to restore the reputation of rhetorical artistry per se, and the result is a handsome work of reference.”
Henry Hitchings, Wall Street Journal

Praise for The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual

“This sturdy and engaging introductory text consists mostly of excerpts from the ancient Greek and Roman Stoic philosophers, especially Seneca (4 BCE–65), Epictetus (c. 55–135) through his student Arrian, and Marcus Aurelius (121–80) as well as that trio’s philosophical confreres, from the earlier Hellenic Stoics and Cicero to such contemporaries as Plutarch to moderns, including Montaigne, Adam Smith, and Schopenhauer… A philosophy to live by, Stoicism may remind many of Buddhism and Quakerism, for it asks of practitioners something very similar to what those disciplines call mindfulness.” Booklist

“As befits a good Stoic, Farnsworth’s expository prose exhibits both clarity and an unflappable calm… Throughout The Practicing Stoic, Farnsworth beautifully integrates his own observations with scores of quotations from Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne and others. As a result, this isn’t just a book to read—it’s a book to return to, a book that will provide perspective and consolation at times of heartbreak or calamity.”
Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

David R. Godine, Publisher is distributed to the trade by Two Rivers Distribution, an Ingram brand. For more info, click here.

 

Ward Farnsworth is Dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of The Practicing Stoic as well as the Farnsworth Classical English series which includes Farnsworth’s Classical English RhetoricFarnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor, and Farnsworth’s Classical English Style-all published by Godine.