The Elements of English: A Glossary of Basic Terms for Literature, Composition, and Grammar

The Elements of English: A Glossary of Basic Terms for Literature, Composition, and Grammar

by Stan Malless, Jeff McQuain


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Stan Malles and Jeff McQuain have written this brief, yet very important glossary in the spirit of E.D. Hirsch’s bestselling Cultural Literacy. Here is a dictionary of basic terms for literature, composition, and grammar that every American, no matter their age, needs to know.

Perfect for home and classroom use, The Elements of English is simple to use, unintimidating to read and easy to understand. Each area of language arts is divided into its own section, and a comprehensive index is also included. Each entry is concise, yet explained very clearly. Examples are listed to illustrate meanings, as are reminders, hints, and tips that further define and elucidate the terms.

The Elements of English has been used very successfully in classrooms across the country. This revised and expanded edition includes new entries plus three additional appendices. This is a little book that fills a big need, and it deserves a wide distribution and readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442241954
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,163,401
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Stan Malless has taught literature, composition and grammar at both grade school and collegiate levels. His poetry has appeared in Antietam Review, The Antigonish Review and Lyrical Iowa. He lives in Des Moines with his wife.

Jeff McQuain has a Ph.D. in Literary Studies from The American University, where he has also taught college composition. He was a longtime research associate for the “on Language” column in The New York Times and he is the author of the syndicated newspaper feature “Our Language.”

Table of Contents

1. Literature
2. Composition
3. Grammar
4. Capitalization
5. Punctuation
6. Works Consulted
7. Index of the Terms

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