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Walter Lippmann Writing Styles in A Preface to Morals

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Writing Style

Lippmann has been critically acclaimed for his lucid writing style, by which he translates complex ideas, as well as historical and political analysis, into thoughtful, easily readable prose. Critics agree that this stylistic virtuosity largely accounts for Lippmann's popularity and vast readership, of both his journalistic columns and his books of political philosophy. Ronald Steel, in Walter Lippmann and the American Centur, praises Lippmann for his "superbly lucid literary style." Barry D. Riccio, in Walter Lippmann, mentions that Lippmann "wrote in the vernacular rather than in the argot of the specialist." D. Steven Blum, in Walter Lippmann, observes that Lippmann "tackled enduring political and moral controversies in an unaffected idiom, accessible to the general educated reader." Hari N. Dam, in The Intellectual Odyssey of Walter Lippmann, makes note of "the superb craftsmanship" of Lippmann's writing style, commenting, "Lippmann's writing has all the classical virtues— balance, precision, purity...

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