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January 15, 1944

The Reader Over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose

JAMA. 1944;124(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850030066029

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This is one of the most suggestive and enlightening books on the writing of good English that have come to our attention. Such chapters as "The Peculiar Qualities of English," -"The Ornate and Plain Styles" and three chapters on "The Principles of Clear Statement" should be read and reread by every one at all concerned with the production of writing in the field of science. The second half of the book is devoted to examinations and criticisms of the writings of some of the best authors regarding the English they use, including both British and American writers, although only a few of the latter. The author's position, both as a teacher of English and as a competent writer in his own right, is so much a one of leadership that his suggestions may be taken as most authoritative.

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