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Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog

(2006)
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Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method?

Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a mustachioed man named Brainerd "Brainy" Kellogg and his wealthy accomplice Alonzo Reed ... the inferior "balloon diagram" predecessor ... and what diagrams of sentences by Hemingway, Welty, Proust, Kerouac and other famous writers reveal about them.

Florey also offers up her own common-sense approach to learning and using good grammar. And she answers some of literature's most pressing questions: Was Mark Twain or James Fenimore Cooper a better grammarian? What are the silliest grammar rules? And what's Gertude Stein got to do with any of it?

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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Author(s): Kitty Burns Florey
ISBN: 1-933633-10-7 / 978-1-933633-10-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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November 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Kitty Burns Florey
ISBN: 1-4177-9500-X / 978-1-4177-9500-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Author(s): Kitty Burns Florey, Becky Kraemer
ISBN: 0-15-603443-3 / 978-0-15-603443-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Author(s): Kitty Burns Florey
Publisher: Melville House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA