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BU prof’s book a winner

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / July 23, 2011

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Who’da thunk a book about classical rhetoric would be such a big seller. “Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric,’’ produced by the Boston-based David R. Godine Publishers, is a surprise hit, ranking in the top 100 at Amazon for both education and reference. Out nearly a year, the book, which cranky playwright David Mamet has called “not only educational but delightful,’’ is written by Boston University law professor Ward Farnsworth.