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The Garden of Eloquence: A Rhetorical Bestiary

Espy, Willard R.

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ISBN 10: 0061812560 / ISBN 13: 9780061812569
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1983
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Hardcover with dustjacket. 8vo. First edition. Book is in fine condition. Jacket is in VG condition; covers are lightly soiled and there is a tiny tear to one corner. Bottom edge has a 1/2" closed tear. Contains portions of the first 'Garden of Eloquence', published in 1577 by Henry Peacham, and illustrated by Teresa Peekema Allen. A fascinating collection of tropes, each given a lighthearted and playful definition and examples. Price-clipped. In protective mylar. 221 pp. including index. Bookseller Inventory # 14582

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Title: The Garden of Eloquence: A Rhetorical ...

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Willard Espy has been compared to Lewis Carroll for his lighthearted and fanciful treatment of words. In this latest book, Mr. Espy has created a preposterous wonderland, a garden such as never was. Besides its flowers, Espy's Garden is inhabited by creatures large and small, lovable and quarrelsome, beautiful and ugly, each incarnating some figure of speech (or trope) - that magical device that extends the range of language to infinity. Metaphor, hyperbole, alliteration, pleonasmus, litotes, tmesis - these are but a sprinkling of the unforgettable Garden folk. Espy explains more than 200 rhetorical devices, dozens of them in verses sung by the tropes themselves. Each verse is followed by a definition, a comment, and examples of the usage in history, literature, and everyday speech. Thirty of the figures come visually alive in Teresa Allen's charming and witty illustrations, and word games abound throughout the book.

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