The Cambridge Companion to Prose by Daniel Tyler (University of Oxford)
Suitable for students of English literature and creative writing alike, this book is an introduction to the techniques of good prose writing. Written in an engaging style by eminent scholars, critics, novelists, and biographers, it is a handbook on the art of prose as exemplified by the best writers of fiction and creative non-fiction.
This Companion provides an introduction to the craft of prose. It considers the technical aspects of style that contribute to the art of prose, examining the constituent parts of prose through a widening lens, from the smallest details of punctuation and wording to style more broadly conceived. The book is concerned not only with prose fiction but with creative non-fiction, a growing area of interest for readers and aspiring writers. Written by internationally-renowned critics, novelists and biographers, the essays provide readers and writers with ways of understanding the workings of prose. They are exemplary of good critical practice, pleasurable reading for their own sake, and both informative and inspirational for practising writers. The Cambridge Companion to Prose will serve as a key resource for students of English literature and of creative writing.
About the Author: Daniel Tyler is Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge. He is the editor of three essay collections: Dickens's Style (2013), Poetry in the Making (2020), and On Style in Victorian Fiction (forthcoming, 2020). He previously edited Dickens's The Uncommercial Traveller (2015) and is now editing Bleak House for the Oxford Dickens.
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