EVERYBODY'S BOOK OF BETTER SPEAKING by Dorothy Uris

EVERYBODY'S BOOK OF BETTER SPEAKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dorothy Uris is a speech therapist and language coach at the Metropolitan Opera. This book is devoted mainly to the technical problems of voice development -- enunciation, pitch, volume, speed, etc., but it is also concerned with what the author calls ""speech personality"" -- speaking manner, conversational attitudes, voice ""types"". There are sections on speech training in the family, for the job, for public speaking, on the telephone or before a microphone. She provides numerous exercises for distinct articulation, clear enunciation, for building vocabulary and for coping with children's speech problems. There's a special section for women in which she describes various kinds of tones and emphases to be avoided and suggests ways to keep the voice youthful. Appendices provide speech tests to be used in a home workshop, lists of books, of all kinds, to be read aloud, dramatic readings and speech- improvement records. Though comprehensive Dorothy Uris' book is not complicated and her tone is factual, straightforward, occasionally anecdotal.

Pub Date: June 24th, 1960
Publisher: McKay