Announcing The Pinnacle of Parnassus – the erudite and brilliantly funny new book from Mark Forsyth

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Mark ForsythIcon Books is extremely excited to announce the new book from Mark Forsyth, the author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon.

The Pinnacle of Parnassus: An Entirely Successful Attempt to Write Three Perfect Sentences is Mark Forsyth’s wry quest to write nothing less than the three most perfect sentences that the English language has ever seen. Readers will be treated to a guided literary clamber up Mount Parnassus, home of the Greek Muses. Along the way Forsyth diligently points out the techniques of writers as diverse as Dante, Shakespeare, Hemingway and Prince, with hints from Star Wars, advertising copy, the Bible and political soundbites as he attempts to write what must be the finest piece of prose ever committed to paper.

Here is what Mark has to say: ‘Every author dreams of producing a piece of writing so perfectly beautiful that it renders all previous literature redundant. However, no author has developed a failsafe mechanism for doing so, until now. With the backing of Icon Books, I shall create a rigorously scientific method for the creation of beauty, or get drunk trying.’

Witty, delightfully obscure and erudite, The Pinnacle of Parnassus does for literary and poetic style what Forsyth’s  bestselling The Etymologicon did for everyday words.

The Pinnacle of Parnassus will be published on 7th November 2013 and you can find out more about it here.