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This is more bibliothèque than book. A labyrinthine gold mine, but mapped. It presents theories and ideals of style and composition from Aristotle and Dionysius to Weil and Jespersen. Also Chomsky. The historic sweep stuffs them somehow between two covers, finding and interweaving illustrations for everything, while showing developmental lines. One can read this volume and then see one’s Vergil or Montaigne with new eyes and new appreciation.