Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace

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Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (also known as Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace and Style: Toward Clarity and Grace) is a book by Joseph M. Williams (1933-2008). Williams was a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. The author says “it is good to write clearly, and anyone can.”.[1]

About the Book[edit]

The book was first published in 1981. The book has since gone through numerous editions and has become a popular text for writing classes. This book is based on a course, "The Little Red Schoolhouse," that Williams taught for many years at Chicago.[2]


Front Matter[edit]

  • Preface

Part One: Style as Choice[edit]

  • Lesson One: Understanding Style
  • Lesson Two: Correctness

Part Two: Clarity[edit]

  • Lesson Three: Actions
  • Lesson Four: Characters
  • Lesson Five: Cohesion and Coherence
  • Lesson Six: Emphasis

Part Three: Grace[edit]

  • Lesson Seven: Concision
  • Lesson Eight: Shape
  • Lesson Nine: Elegance

Part Four: Form[edit]

  • Lesson Ten: Motivating Coherence
  • Lesson Eleven: Global Coherence

Part Five: Ethics[edit]

  • Lesson Twelve: The Ethics of Style

Back Matter[edit]

  • Appendix: Punctuation
  • Glossary
  • Suggested Answers
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Editions in print[edit]

Earlier editions[edit]

  • Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Glenview, Ill.: Scott, Foresman (1981, 1985, 1989), New York: HarperCollins (1989, 1994), New York: Longman (1997, 2000, 2003), Toronto: Longman (2005), New York: Pearson Longman (2005)
  • Style : The Basics of Clarity and Grace. New York: Longman (2003)
  • Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990) with two chapters coauthored by Gregory G. Colomb


Russian (2003, 2005) [1]

On-line reviews[edit]

  • Review of Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (1990) by J. Bradford [2]
  • Review of Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (1990) by Susan Stepney [3]


  1. ^ Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (9th Edition) pg 4.
  2. ^ Now, also, English 13000/33000.

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