A Manual of the Mechanics of Writing

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Macmillan, 1921 - 211 pages
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This book addresses the subject of the mechanics of writing. The desirability of mechanical accuracy is seen in composition--the only effective composition is accurate composition. The outward manifestation of accuracy in composition is accuracy in the mechanics of writing. The writer who is precise about the form of his thinking is particular about the form of his composition. Mastery of the various forms of the mechanics of writing allows the writer to convey shades of meaning that can be expressed no other way.

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