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Thomas, Francis-Noël 1943-

Overview
Works: 9 works in 59 publications in 1 language and 3,023 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Francis-Noël Thomas
Clear and simple as the truth : writing classic prose by Francis-Noël Thomas( )

37 editions published between 1994 and 2018 in English and held by 1,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone talks about style, but no one explains it. The authors of this book do; and in doing so, they provoke the reader to consider style, not as an elegant accessory of effective prose, but as its very heart.At a time when writing skills have virtually disappeared, what can be done? If only people learned the principles of verbal correctness, the essential rules, wouldn't good prose simply fall into place? Thomas and Turner say no. Attending to rules of grammar, sense, and sentence structure will no more lead to effective prose than knowing the mechanics of a golf swing will lead to a hole-in-one. Furthermore, ten-step programs to better writing exacerbate the problem by failing to recognize, as Thomas and Turner point out, that there are many styles with different standards.In the first half of Clear and Simple, the authors introduce a range of styles--reflexive, practical, plain, contemplative, romantic, prophetic, and others--contrasting them to classic style. Its principles are simple: The writer adopts the pose that the motive is truth, the purpose is presentation, the reader is an intellectual equal, and the occasion is informal. Classic style is at home in everything from business memos to personal letters, from magazine articles to university writing.The second half of the book is a tour of examples--the exquisite and the execrable--showing what has worked and what hasn't. Classic prose is found everywhere: from Thomas Jefferson to Junichirō Tanizaki, from Mark Twain to the observations of an undergraduate. Here are many fine performances in classic style, each clear and simple as the truth.Originally published in 1994.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The writer writing : philosophic acts in literature by Francis-Noël Thomas( )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the most global level, it examines the philosophic act of explanation, showing that it is both a constitutive human activity - part of everyday life - and an activity that connects texts as diverse as Saint Joan and A la recherche du temps perdu. It separates for analysis writers' philosophic acts of explanation from their rhetorical acts of persuasion and their poetic acts of representation. The Writer Writing presents a timely and systematic case for reconsidering the genuine originality of individual writers' conceptions of writing as a human activity
Explanation: the fictional mode by Francis-Noël Thomas( )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piccolomini among the illustrious by Francis-Noël Thomas( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer writing by Francis-Noël Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signs of the early modern( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[n.p.], to Francis-Noël Thomas by Laurie Colwin( )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An affectionate letter saying friends (including Richard H. Davies, Linda Faulhaber, and Charles J. Pradilla) are coming over to watch election night returns and inviting him. She writes from Juris Jurjevics's apartment on 20 Street; she later married him
Cultural literacy: concepts and information by Francis-Noël Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rogier van der Weyden and James Ensor line and its deformation by Francis-Noël Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Clear and simple as the truth : writing classic prose
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The writer writing : philosophic acts in literatureSigns of the early modern
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English (59)