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Clear and Simple as the Truth:

Writing Classic Prose

Second Edition

Francis-Noël Thomas & Mark Turner


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Second Edition

The second edition includes a new section, “The Studio,” which offers a structured course of exercises for learning to write.


“Thanks to Thomas and Turner, the cognitive revolution has finally caught up with the analysis of style – brilliantly, learnedly, and above all, readably.”

– David Lee Rubin, University of Virginia

Clear and Simple As the Truth is just wonderful. It is by far the best book I’ve ever read in this area, and it has changed the way that I write and think about writing.”

– Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose is far and away the best how-to-write book I’ve ever read. It puts Strunk & White and everyone else in the shade.”

– John E. Talbott, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

“the finest book in ages on the neglected subject of rhetoric.”

– David Skinner, editor, Humanities, The Magazine of the National Endowment of the Humanities, May-June 2008, Volume 29, Number 3

“For the mature student, this is indeed a classic. For the connoisseur, it is indispensable.”

Boston Book Review

“Clear and Simple is an island of elegance.

The Editorial Eye

“Every once in a while a book comes along with the power to alter permanently the view of a subject you thought you knew well. For me this year, that book is Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose.”

– Denis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature

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