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11th September 2012

Exonian’s Vernacular Eloquence highly praised

The latest book by Professor Peter Elbow (1957, English), Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing, has been highly praised since its launch earlier this year.

In the book Professor Elbow explores the virtues of speech and writing, exploring the paradoxical interplay between the strengths and weaknesses of each medium. He shows readers how to write well, not by using sentences that come out of our mouths during casual speech, but rather by calling on the virtues of spoken language. These virtues, he explains, can be harvested by paying better attention to the wisdom of the tongue and the ear.

The Boston Sunday Globe ran a review earlier this year, saying ‘books on writing should be readable above all else, and as a writer, Elbow is his own best argument for speaking onto the page: his voice is both authoritative and affable, conversational and professorial.’

To read more about Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing click here.

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