classic writing style

Francis-Noël Thomas and Mark Turner in Clear and Simple as the Truth, define classic style as the presentation of truth. The presentation is successful when the language is aligned with the truth. This alignment is defined clarity and simplicity1. The elements of classic style are:

  • truth:
  • presentation
  • scene
  • cast
  • thought and language


Thomas, F.-N. & Turner, M. Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose - Second Edition. (Princeton University Press, 2011).