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Ralph Keyes

Ralph Keyes
Nindy Silvie

Ralph Keyes is the author of The Quote Verifier, The Writer’s Book of Hope, and The Courage to Write. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he lectures and is a Trustee of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop.

I Love It When You Talk Retro

Ralph Keyes
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin


Today's eighteen-year-olds may not know who Mrs. Robinson is, the size of a breadbox, or why going postal refers to a major uproar. Such "retroterms" are words or...

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The Quote Verifier

Ralph Keyes
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin

Our language is full of hundreds of quotations that are often cited but seldom confirmed. Ralph Keyes's The Quote Verifier considers not only classic misquotes such as "Nice guys finish last,"...

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The Post-Truth Era

Ralph Keyes
St. Martin's Publishing Group
St. Martin's Press

"Dishonesty inspires more euphemisms than copulation or defecation. This helps desensitize us to its implications. In the post-truth era we don't just have truth and lies but a third category of...

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The Courage to Write

Ralph Keyes
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks

The Courage to Write is an invaluable book and essential reading for anyone who wishes to learn how to write well.

Katherine Anne Porter called courage "the first...

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The Writer's Book of Hope

Ralph Keyes
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks

In 1889, the editor of the San Francisco Examiner, having accepted an article from Rudyard Kipling, informed the author that he should not bother to submit any more. "This isn't a kindergarten for...

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