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PHILANDER P. CLAXTON
ALLYN AND BACON
AND JAMES MCGINNISS
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
Effective English is a complete textbook in composition and rhetoric. The authors have produced a volume more practical and more attractive than others in this field.
It is generally recognized that English is the most practical study in the schools, since it is constantly in use in every walk of life. The present volume goes further than other books in shaping the study of composition and rhetoric so that they will be an asset to the pupil on leaving school.
This utilitarian aim is revealed throughout. The best literary models are used, but the work is essentially practical. Training in newspaper writing finds a place. There is a chapter on English to Sell. Letter writing, punctuation, and grammar are subjects which receive much attention. Oral English has the important place it deserves.
The authors are not afraid of the jerm Business English, but recognize it as existing and as having a right to exist.
Effective English is as attractive as it is practical. Stimulating pictures hielp to develop the pupil's imagination. The subjects for compositions cover the whole field of youthful interest. The sense of the dramatic, so universal in young persons, is utilized as the basis of exercises. The pupil does not have to wait to find how his composition has been received. His classmates are made his critics, thus taking much of the labor of the correction off the shoulders of the teacher. The authors have given careful attention to what is