Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog

Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog

The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

Book - 2006
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Blackwell North Amer
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?

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House, c2006
ISBN: 9781933633107
1933633107
Branch Call Number: 428.2 F66321s 2006
Characteristics: 154 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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