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The elements of style by William Strunk

The elements of style (edition 1979)

by William Strunk, E. B. White

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Title:The elements of style
Authors:William Strunk
Other authors:E. B. White
Info:Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c1979.
Tags:writing, grammar

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The Elements of Style by Jr. William Strunk

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This is a fantastic resource that writers and editors should review every few years. It could use an update, though. The usage section in particular has some items that are already laughably out of date. But almost everything else is great advice, advice that not nearly enough people implement. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 5, 2017 |
“If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.”
– Victor Hugo

Once rated “one of the 100 most influential books written in English” by Time magazine in 2011, The Elements Of Style [4th Edition] by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White is a systematic book which employs a no-nonsense approach on enduring principles of sound writing.

Cogent, concise and methodical, The Elements Of Style provides the firm foundation upon which writers can construct or improve their repertoire.

Featuring advice that is as simple as it is timeless, the book’s easy-to-follow approach allows for the incisive individual to become more robust with the principles of writing, while honing their own individual style as well.

Undoubtedly, some of these tenets will be familiar to some of you. Even so, many are oft-overlooked and having them around to reference is quite convenient.

For a book that is nigh a century old, it still ‘packs a punch’. Incidentally, that prior figure of speech, “packs a punch,” for instance, dances along the line of Style Rule #18: Use Figures Of Speech Sparingly.

Perhaps it shouldn’t have been used, perhaps so. But having read this book, as a writer, I am consciously thinking of how the use of diction affects everything. Ruminating a bit, perhaps, instead of writing that the book still “packs a punch,” I could have written “this book provides a treasure trove of insights for writers.” Even though the first sentence gets the meaning across, the second one is smoother, and accomplishes the same thing in amenable fashion. That is merely one example of the possibilities that this book will allow the shrewd writer to undertake once he begins to firmly inculcate its lessons and employ them therein.

Great writing, like a sound structure, can only take place with a firm foundation. The scaffolding for that will undoubtedly require the insights of this book. If you know all of them by heart, you’re one step ahead. If not, then ponder getting this book. And considering that these days, many people communicate with others through the written word on the Internet, it would be prudent to learn these tenets since they will undoubtedly help those who need to employ them. ( )
  ZyPhReX | Apr 26, 2017 |
I enjoyed reading it, granted it was pretty short. I found it interesting, that the book is as short as it is was used as a text book. But also loved how it was packed full of knowledge. ( )
  eugene2knight | Apr 17, 2017 |
Perhaps a tad outdated (it was partially written by the author of Stuart Little), Strunk & White is a classic for style guides. Not only does this help basic concepts of grammar, but it elaborates and improves a close reader's flow and appeal of writing. ( )
  MarchingBandMan | Apr 6, 2017 |
It has some good advice on writing and some terrible lies about grammar. ( )
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
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The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students' grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Strunk, William, Jr.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, E. B.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Angell, RogerForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalman, MairaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Introduction: At the close of the first World War, when I was a student at Cornell, I took a course called English 8.
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"The Elements of Forbidden" about 5 copies of which are buried in this work, are due to a since-corrected LibraryThing error, and are really also 'Style' works
This is the edition of The Elements of Style that was written by William Strunk and later expanded upon by E.B. White.  Please do not combine with the original, unexpanded version by Strunk alone, nor with the illustrated edition.
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According to the St. Louis Dispatch, this "excellent book, which should go off to college with every freshman, is recognized as the best book of its kind we have." It should be the ". . . daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all" (Greensboro Daily New). "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume"
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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

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