MediaMonday for March 31, 2014: The Ten Best Sentences in Literature. Follow #litchat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at Quote

Avid readers and writers often have a favorite passage from literature. It might be the lyrical beauty of the prose, the metaphors and similes, or the way character is revealed or plot progressed. All of these elements, and others, work to make good and proper sentences. But what makes a “best” sentence? The editors of American Scholar recently selected the “Ten Best Sentences” from literature. In Poynter, grammar guru Roy Peter Clark took that list and drilled down each selection to explain why these sentences rise to the top in the minds of scholars. This week in #litchat MediaMonday we’ll discuss Clark’s “Why These Are the Ten Best Sentences” and suggest examples of our own.