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William Strunk Jr. (1869–1946)

Author of The Elements of Style

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About the Author

William Strunk Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 1, 1869. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890 and Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1896. He taught English at Cornell University for forty-six years. He wrote two books: The Elements of Style, which was later show more published under the title The Elements and Practice of Composition, and English Metres. He was also an editor and edited important works by such authors as William Shakespeare, John Dryden, and James Fenimore Cooper. He served as a literary consultant to the 1936 MGM film version of Romeo and Juliet. He died on September 26, 1946. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Elements of Style was later edited and expanded by E.B. White and is now often referred to as 'Strunk and White'. This page is for the author William Strunk, Jr., alone - please do not combine with the page for Strunk and White, or E.B. White.

Works by William Strunk Jr.

The Elements of Style (1959) 19,979 copies

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Birthdate
1869-07-01
Date of death
1946-09-26
Burial location
Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ithaca, New York, USA
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Place of death
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Places of residence
Ithaca, New York, USA
Education
University of Cincinnati (BA | 1890)
Cornell University (Ph.D. | 1896)
Occupations
professor (English)
writer
Relationships
Strunk, W. Oliver (son)
White, E.B. (student)
Organizations
Cornell University
Short biography
William Strunk, Jr., and his wife had two sons and a daughter.  E.B. White praised Strunk's work The Elements of Style, usually referred to as "Strunk & White", as a "43-page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English" that has not been surpassed in the decades since it was first published.
Disambiguation notice
The Elements of Style was later edited and expanded by E.B. White and is now often referred to as 'Strunk and White'. This page is for the author William Strunk, Jr., alone - please do not combine with the page for Strunk and White, or E.B. White.

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A must-read book for those who aspire to be a writer.
 
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Rasaily | 191 other reviews | Apr 17, 2024 |
Este livro é muito citado em obras de escritores que falam da escrita. Muitos citam este pequeno livro, tão simples, tão prático, mas que nos enriquece com tantas sugestões de uma boa escrita.
O original é em inglês e, por isso, alguns casos seriam muito mais óbvios na língua nativa.
Considero que é um livro essencial para quem tem ambições a escrever ao nível profissional. Para todos os pontos abordados, tem exemplos concretos, como fica bem, como fica menos bem. É muito objetivo, seguindo as regras que sugere, poupar nas palavras, ser objetivo e cumprir a razão primordial: que quem nos leia nos compreenda!
Recomendo. Lê-se em duas ou três horas, mas é um apoio de cabeceira. Para consultar sempre que necessário.
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jpedro_1966 | Jan 23, 2024 |
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You can’t go wrong with this advice. Short, sweet, and to the point. Absolutely timeless. Writers and editors alike can learn from this.
 
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amagsmith | 191 other reviews | Oct 25, 2023 |
Definitely a textbook. Really the only parts of interest in this book that I found were chapters 2: Elementary Principles of Composition and 5: An Approach to Style. Chapter 2 was the more interesting and informative of the two. The rest is okay for a mechanical refresher on English sentences though a few might be a little outdated in this edition. Overall, I would recommend this if you're interested in a few pointers to sharpen your writing.
 
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