Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature

I have a confession to make. Even those who know me probably aren’t aware of this (it’s not the best conversation starter), but I am a big fan of punctuation. I especially appreciate semicolons, parentheses, commas, and exclamation points if I’ve had my coffee for the day. For writers especially, punctuation is critical. Sure, we all use question marks to ask questions, and periods to end sentences. But when combined with the right words, punctuation can add wit, sarcasm, emotion, gloom, and much, much more to a piece.

Today, I found this great article by Kathryn Schulz on the blog, Vulture (directed here by Lauren O’Neal of The Rumpus). I really enjoyed Schulz’s post and wanted to share it here; she found perfect examples and discussed them very nicely. I particularly love the Nabokov example she provided, one which I had swooned over myself when I read the book. But enough of what I think. Take a look and let me know what your favorite punctuation mark is!

Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature.



4 thoughts on “Schulz: The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature

  1. Very nice piece, but Schultz’s article on George Eliot and Middlemarch is outstanding. Eliot is at the top of my list and Middlemarch is right up there with Brothers Karamazov (by you-know-who).

    • I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t read either of those books, though Brothers Karamazov has been on my list for a while. But I’ll be adding Middlemarch now too since you mention it.

      • I would also recommend anything written by Edith Wharton. Her “Age of Innocence” won her the Pulitzer Prize, but her novels are all worth reading. Her descriptions are among the best I have ever read. (And she’s a native New Yorker!)

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