A First Book of Composition Open Access Deposited
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No printing information is given. The copyright date is 1913. Thomas H. Briggs is Instructor of English in Teachers College at Columbia University. Isabel McKinney is Teach of English in the Eastern Illinois State Normal School. The book states it is designed to furnish material for a two year (high school) course, to be followed by "rhetoric of the conventional type" or "work on the collection and organization of material." It emphasizes good composition over the four types. The chapters are: sincerity, good form, definiteness, interest (including a section on writing various forms of letters/epistles), unity, variety, and coherence. The appendix has sections on symbols for grading/correcting, words often confused, parts of verbs misused, and misspelled words. It includes oral and written exercises for students. The Schultz Archive includes the complete text (albeit with pages 13-14 and 186-87 missing), and the text is in good condition.
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