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The Elements of Style

by William Strunk, Jr., E. B. White

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This updated 2018 Classic Edition contains the original version of William Strunk's The Elements of Style, plus a variety of enhancements that make this book even more useful. It is now being used as a textbook in classes at University of Minnesota, University of Texas, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere.Generations of college students and writers have learned the basics of English grammar from this short book. It was rated "one of the 100 most influential books written in English" by Time in 2011, and iconic author Stephen King recommended it as a grammar primer that all aspiring writers should read.Written a century ago, Strunk's book is a nostalgic link to the Art Deco era and the Roaring Twenties. Many of the grammar rules listed in his book still apply today; but the English language has changed over the years, and some of these rules have are now obsolete. This Classic Edition addresses these changes with the following enhancements and additional content:1. This 2018 update adds two new chapters requested by college professors and students: Basic Rules of Capitalization and Style Rules for Better Writing.2. Editor's notes have been inserted throughout the book to flag grammar rules that are become obsolete and to provide up-to-date advice for students and writers.3. Emojis have been added to help readers identify correct examples from errors at a glance.4. A Study Guide is included in the last chapter, and the paperback version includes blank, lined pages in the back of the book for note taking.5. The e-book version has been restyled for improved display on the latest generations of digital book-reading devices.Elements of Style: Classic Edition 2018 gives students and writers a blueprint that they can follow to write clearly and effectively while learning the fundamental rules of English Grammar.… (more)
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Great tips. Nothing is perfect. ( )
  GhostDuchess | Apr 8, 2022 |
Some nice tips in here (Reference Book). ( )
  nonames | Jan 14, 2022 |
This book is my bible! I keep it right next to my computer for quick reference. Perfect size and everything. I recommend it to everyone - not just writers! ( )
  candyharlot | Aug 19, 2021 |
A bunch of narrow, useless and elitist prescriptions on what 'correct' use of English is. It is outdated, but even the tone is so obnoxious I had to take deep breaths before moving to the next elements. It felt like reading a grumpy old man's rants about changes in language and how things SHOULD be.
The only good part is the last chapter "An Approach to Style" which manages to provide decent advice.
I wouldn't recommend this book. ( )
1 vote meddz | Jun 11, 2021 |
Perhaps some of the specific word choices are out of date, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I've found its more general guidelines invaluable reminders; for example, "make the paragraph the unit of composition" and "use specific, definite, concrete language" (which, I'm afraid, some published writers don't follow). ( )
  quantum.alex | May 31, 2021 |
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Buy it, study it, enjoy it. It's as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility. (previous edition)
added by ArrowStead | editThe New York Times
 
...still a little book, small enough and important enough to carry in your pocket, as I carry mine.
added by ArrowStead | editFront cover, Charles Osgood
 
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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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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This updated 2018 Classic Edition contains the original version of William Strunk's The Elements of Style, plus a variety of enhancements that make this book even more useful. It is now being used as a textbook in classes at University of Minnesota, University of Texas, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere.Generations of college students and writers have learned the basics of English grammar from this short book. It was rated "one of the 100 most influential books written in English" by Time in 2011, and iconic author Stephen King recommended it as a grammar primer that all aspiring writers should read.Written a century ago, Strunk's book is a nostalgic link to the Art Deco era and the Roaring Twenties. Many of the grammar rules listed in his book still apply today; but the English language has changed over the years, and some of these rules have are now obsolete. This Classic Edition addresses these changes with the following enhancements and additional content:1. This 2018 update adds two new chapters requested by college professors and students: Basic Rules of Capitalization and Style Rules for Better Writing.2. Editor's notes have been inserted throughout the book to flag grammar rules that are become obsolete and to provide up-to-date advice for students and writers.3. Emojis have been added to help readers identify correct examples from errors at a glance.4. A Study Guide is included in the last chapter, and the paperback version includes blank, lined pages in the back of the book for note taking.5. The e-book version has been restyled for improved display on the latest generations of digital book-reading devices.Elements of Style: Classic Edition 2018 gives students and writers a blueprint that they can follow to write clearly and effectively while learning the fundamental rules of English Grammar.

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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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