How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One

"Good sentences promise nothing less than lessons and practice in the organization of the world," writes legal scholar and literary theorist Stanley Fish in this jewel of a book, in which the author admires the anatomy and beauty of single sentences, parsing micro-masterpieces from Shakespeare to Elmore Leonard. Even the title of Chapter Two proves highly intriguing: "Why You Won't Find the Answer in Strunk and White."


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…