Excerpt from Effective Expression: A Textbook on Composition and Rhetoric for the Four Years of High School and the First Year of College As long as people write there will be occasional new books to help them do it. We see need of apologizing for adding one more book upon a subject so thoroughly treated; a live subject constantly demands fresh, new books to keep it alive. There would be cant and a deadening sameness in the teaching of English composition if we did t from time to tune have presented to us the new reactions of teachers who have taught with their minds open and with a view to aiding others in their task. We believe we have something to offer, and we offer it. Every teacher has discovered that pupils, as a rule, do t like English composition. They look upon it as a meaningless and perfunctory kind of drudgery which must be endured in order to get through the subject; but they see pleasure, and little good in it. If we are frank with ourselves, some of us will have to admit that in our student days we, too, looked upon the writing of compositions with disfavor. In the case of some of us, the reason for our attitude is very evident: we were told to bring in compositions; we were t shown what they are r how to write them. The task was next to impossible. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.