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Joseph M. Williams (18 August 1933, Cleveland, Ohio, - 22 February 2008, South Haven, Michigan) was a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.

Williams began as a researcher of English language. In Origins of the English Language: A Social & Linguistic History he traces the history of the English language from the evolution of man through to Modern English. His interest in studying close connection between grammar and rhetoric, reflected in another earlier book The New English: Structure, Form, Style, culminated in Lessons in Clarity and Grace, his noteworthy textbook on writing style.

In Style, based on "The Little Red Schoolhouse" course he taught at Chicago for many years, Williams established and vehemently defended two basic principles that “it is good to write clearly, and anyone can.” (Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (9th Edition) 4). To meet these ends Williams laid out streamlined steps to help writers first make their sentences and paragraphs clear and then graceful. This includes expressing actions in specific verbs to make sentences clear. Paragraphs are cohesive, when sentences have a sense of flow, and coherent, when paragraphs are felt as the whole. Emphasis depends on how sentences end. Graceful sentences and paragraphs are concise, shapely (uninterrupted and coordinated), and elegant (balanced in syntax, meaning, sound and rhythm). In later editions, he discussed ethics of writing understood as a social act between writer and reader and offered steps to produce coherent documents.

Noting the kinship between Style and The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, some praised Williams for practicality of his advice [1], while others criticized him for his own wordiness which he strived to combat in writing of others [2].

The Craft of Research, a collaborative textbook written by Williams and his two long-term academic colleagues and friends — Wayne C. Booth and Gregory G. Colomb, — was designed to help students plan, carry out and report on research in any field and at any level — from a term paper to a dissertation, an article, and a book. Authors understood writing a research report as “thinking in writing” and “thinking from the point of view of [the] readers” (The Craft of Research 15). Their treatment of research arguments included a refinement of Stephen Toulmin’s formal layout of arguments. In another book, The Craft of Argument, Williams and Colomb looked at written arguments in general. The authors claimed that in argument “questions and answers not only seek truth, but also generate the means of persuasion that rhetoric seeks” (The Craft of Argument xix).

Together with Gregory G. Colomb, Francis X. Kinahan, and Lawrence D. McEnerney, Williams developed innovative instructional materials for advanced writers in the academy and the professions known as The Little Red Schoolhouse [3], [4].

From 1980, Williams (together with Colomb and others) ran Clearlines, a consulting firm helping writers in corporations, law firms, and consulting groups to write clearly and concisely. [5]

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Total Books: 46
The Craft of Research Fourth Edition
2016 - The Craft of Research Fourth Edition [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226239569
ISBN-10: 022623956X
Genres: Reference, Science & Math
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Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus Pearson Writer -- Access Card Package
2016 - Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus Pearson Writer -- Access Card Package [12th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780134150833
ISBN-10: 013415083X
Genre: Reference
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Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace
2016 - Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace [12th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780134080413
ISBN-10: 0134080416
Genre: Reference
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Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus MyWritingLab -- Access Card Package
2014 - Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus Mywritinglab -- Access Card Package [11th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780134017136
ISBN-10: 0134017137
Genre: Reference
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Style The Basics of Clarity and Grace
2014 - Style the Basics of Clarity and Grace [5th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321953308
ISBN-10: 0321953304
Genre: Reference
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Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus NEW MyCompLab -- Access Card Package
2013 - Style Lessons in Clarity and Grace Plus New Mycomplab -- Access Card Package [11th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321917843
ISBN-10: 0321917847
Genre: Reference
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Engagements with Rhetoric A Path to Academic Writing at the University of Maryland
The Craft of Research Third Edition
2008 - The Craft of Research Third Edition [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780226065656
ISBN-10: 0226065650
Genres: Reference, Science & Math, Medical Books
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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers Theses and Dissertations Seventh Edition Chicago Style for Students and Researchers
2007 - A Manual for Writers of Research Papers Theses and Dissertations Seventh Edition Chicago Style for Students and Researchers [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226823379
ISBN-10: 0226823377
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Craft of Argument The
2006 - Craft of Argument The [3rd Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780321453273
ISBN-10: 0321453271
Genre: Reference
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Style  Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace
2004 - Style Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace [8th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321288318
ISBN-10: 0321288319
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

The Craft of Research 2nd edition
2003 - The Craft of Research 2nd Edition [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226065670
ISBN-10: 0226065677
Genres: Reference, Science & Math
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The Craft of Research 2nd edition
2003 - The Craft of Research 2nd Edition [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226065687
ISBN-10: 0226065685
Genres: Reference, Science & Math
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 7

The Craft of Argument with Readings
2002 - The Craft of Argument with Readings (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321026910
ISBN-10: 0321026918
Genre: Reference
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Style Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace
2002 - Style Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace [7th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321095176
ISBN-10: 0321095170
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Craft of Argument Concise
2002 - The Craft of Argument Concise (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780321091864
ISBN-10: 0321091868
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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The Craft of Argument
2002 - The Craft of Argument [2nd Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780321101471
ISBN-10: 0321101472
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

The Craft of Research
1995 - The Craft of Research [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226065830
ISBN-10: 0226065839
Genres: Reference, Science & Math
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Style  Toward Clarity and Grace
1995 - Style Toward Clarity and Grace [Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226899152
ISBN-10: 0226899152
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Style Ten Lessons in Clarity  Grace
1994 - Style Ten Lessons in Clarity Grace (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780673465931
ISBN-10: 0673465934
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Style Ten lessons in clarity  grace
1989 - Style Ten Lessons in Clarity Grace (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780673381866
ISBN-10: 0673381862
Genre: Reference
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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