An Admirable Point: A Brief History of the Exclamation Mark!


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$17.95  $16.69
David R. Godine Publisher
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Florence Hazrat is a writer and researcher based in Berlin, working on punctuation in language and culture, and on Renaissance literature. Before she discovered her secret passion for the exclamation point she was a fellow at the University of Sheffield, studying brackets in early modern literature, and at the University of Geneva, working on Shakespeare translations. Florence has been educated at the University of Cambridge and the University of St Andrews where she has received her PhD on refrains in sixteenth-century poetry and drama. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker, making programs about literature for a general audience.


Praise for An Admirable Point!!!!!!

"The history of a much-maligned punctuation mark. As the author notes, it grabs our attention, whether we want it to or not, and it exists in nearly every language....'Among all glyphs, ' she writes, the bold mark is 'most available, and most versatile, the most recognisable and most ironic.' In the end, its job is to 'attend to admiration' and 'point out wonder.' A delightfully sprightly and pun-laden history."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Worth shouting about. Illuminating analysis."
--Publishers Weekly

"A cross between a microhistory and the recent wave of witty grammar books, including Lynne Truss' Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2004) and Benjamin Dreyer's Dreyer's English (2019), this slim book is so chock-full of interesting facts and ideas that it will leave most readers saying, 'Wow!'"