Excerpt from Good English in Good Form
When the newspapers so frequently amuse their read ers by exposing the ridiculous compositions of our high school pupils, and when there is abundant evidence that many professors of English in our colleges can not do much better for thei... r students, one is reminded of the homely adage, If you would have anything done right, do it yourself. The student who has listened to learned lectures on the age and in¿uence of Chaucer, or has been required to produce a thesis on the Lake poets, with out being taught the fundamental principles in the use of his native tongue, may well say, Give me the means of teaching myself.
I know of no volume that will answer his requirement so completely and satisfactorily as this. Here he is so far instructed in the proper use of words and phrases, with caution as to those that should be avoided, that after closing the book he will delightedly continue the study in his leisure moments. Here, also, he is taught how to use books of reference. Comparatively few read ers have the knack of readily uncovering the riches of information that are embodied in such books.
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