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Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

Kitty Burns Florey


PUBLISHED: 31st October 2006
ISBN: 9781933633107
ANNOTATION:
A veteran copyeditor studies the practice of diagraming sentences in a charming and funny look back at its odd history, its elegant method, and its rich, ongoing possibilities.
Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
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PUBLISHED: 31st October 2006
ISBN: 9781933633107
ANNOTATION:
A veteran copyeditor studies the practice of diagraming sentences in a charming and funny look back at its odd history, its elegant method, and its rich, ongoing possibilities.

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A veteran copyeditor studies the practice of diagraming sentences in a charming and funny look back at its odd history, its elegant method, and its rich, ongoing possibilities.

Publisher Description

Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method? Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a mustachioed man named Brainerd "Brainy" Kellogg and his wealthy accomplice Alonzo Reed ... the inferior "balloon diagram" predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them. Florey also offers up her own common-sense approach to learning and using good grammar. And she answers some of literature's most pressing questions: Was Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a better grammarian? What are the silliest grammar rules? And what's Gertude Stein got to do with any of it?

Author Biography

Kitty Burns Florey, a veteran copyeditor, is the author of nine novels and many short stories and essays. A longtime Brooklyn resident, she now divides her time between central Connecticut and upstate New York with her husband, Ron Savage.

Review

"Kitty Burns Florey seems to write from a great wellspring of inner calm that derives from a gleeful appreciation of life's smallest details." --Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls "This book is not a primer; it's a prize." --Robert Hartwell Fiske, author of The Dictionary of Disagreeable English

"A wistful, charming and funny ode to a nearly lost art. Those who remember will cheer. Those who don't will wonder what fun they missed and whether it will be preserved for future generations. All will agree Florey's passion is infectious and entertaining." --June Casagrande, author of Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies

Product Details

Author
Kitty Burns Florey
Pages
154
Publisher
Melville House Publishing
Language
English
ISBN-10
1933633107
ISBN-13
9781933633107
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2006
Publication Date
2006-10-31
Short Title
SISTER BERNADETTES BARKING DOG
Subtitle
The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Country of Publication
United States