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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.
Collections:writing
Rating:****
Tags:writing, grammar

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The Elements of Style by Jr. William Strunk

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It has some good advice on writing and some terrible lies about grammar. ( )
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
Reasonably useful though a little outdated in a number of sections. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Reasonably useful though a little outdated in a number of sections. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
I did not like this book. It is pretty much entirely one man's opinion on how one should write. I agreed with him here and there, but for the most part, he kind of got on my nerves. I liked the chapter by White better than those by Strunk. White doesn't sound so old and crotchety. This would be fine as something given to a class on what their teacher will and will not accept in their writing, but i don't like it addressed to the entire English-speaking world.

Also, I literally laughed out loud when i read in the book that a writer should leave out his/her opinion. At least 80% of this book is this guy's opinion. Including that statement.

*Review written on November 24, 2014.* ( )
  danaenicole | Nov 10, 2016 |
Every writer should read this. It's short and sweet, but you'll still get something out of it in addition to the joy of checking it off of your To Read list. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 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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Strunk, William, Jr.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, E. B.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Angell, RogerForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalman, MairaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The first writer I watched at work was my stepfather, E.B. White.
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1. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's.
Introduction: At the close of the first World War, when I was a student at Cornell, I took a course called English 8.
[50th anniversary and 1979 editions.]
Introduction: A small book arrived in my mail not long ago, a gift from a friend in Ithica.
[1959 edition]
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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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Here's how to do it. (lturpin42)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 020530902X, Paperback)

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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A manual conveying the principles of plain English style.

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