The Golden Book Of Writing, Excerpt # 5 – David Lambuth Circa 1923

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Unity in a sentence

 

In addition to being complete, a sentence must be unified.

A sentence containing  two or more distinctly separate statements lacks unity and ought to be broken up into two or more sentences

UNLESS

the two statements are so closely related that they depend upon each other  for their full meaning.

The more closely the parts and clauses of a sentence can center about one dominating subject, the simpler that subject is for the mind to grasp.  Such simplicity is one of the first requirements of careful writing.

EX.

Though I had met him before, his face was unfamiliar  is a grammatically correct sentence; but  Though I had met him before, I could not remember his face is simpler and better because it does not change subjects between clauses.

Your first duty in writing is to make it as easy as possible for your reader to follow your thought.

Obscurity is not profundity.  Neither is it art.

 

Advice thanks to David Lambuth and Company

 

Bye,   ” He went out in her back field to see if the snow angel was finished but all that remained were her boots and a trickle of blood over the patterns of snow. “

 

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2 Responses to “The Golden Book Of Writing, Excerpt # 5 – David Lambuth Circa 1923”

  1. Mary Gessner Says:

    I LOVE this quote. In my first year of college, over 40 yrs ago, my professor wrote this quote on the blackboard. I’ve long since forgotten that professor’s name, but I have never forgotten what she taught.

  2. I found the book in a library sale. A lost treasure.

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