The editors at The American Scholar – a website and periodical maintained by the honors organization Phi Beta Kappa – compiled a list of what they believe the ten best sentences in English. There’s a healthy mix of fiction and nonfiction on this list. You will definitely recognize some of the names from class this year. In fact, The American Scholar takes its name from an essay written our favorite Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Feel free to browse through the list. Check out the comment section as well; you will find sentences from several of the writers we discussed this year.