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The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].

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He scorned the vague, the tame, the colorless, the irresolute. This edition has been modestly updated, with word processors and air conditioners making their first appearance among White’s references, stgle with a light redistribution of genders to permit a feminine pronoun or female farmer to take their places among the males who once innocently served him.

At least I got the elements right.

Use figures elementss speech sparingly p. The book was known on the campus in those days as “the little book,” with the stress on the word “little.

Will Strunk got out of this predicament by a simple trick: Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ‘s p. It is encouraging to see how perfectly a book, even a dusty rule book, perpetuates and extends the spirit of a man.

Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas p. The Elements of Style was listed as one of the best and most influential books written in English since by Time in its list. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Follow this rule whatever the final consonant.


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Do not use dialect unless your ear is good p. Chapter IV has been refurbished with words and expressions of a recent vintage; four rules of usage have been added to Chapter I. Do not join independent clauses with a comma p. Work from a suitable design p. On the other hand, in On Writingp. White’s prose is celebrated for its ease and clarity — just think of Charlotte’s Web — but maintaining this standard required endless attention.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In its original form, it was a forty-three page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English.

Put statements in positive form p. Do not explain too much p. Whitewho had studied writing under Strunk in but had since forgotten “the little book” that he described as a “forty-three-page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English”. Archived from the original on Elementary Principles of Composition p.

Pinker, Steven, Published: Under the remembered sting of his kindly lash, I have been trying to omit needless words sinceand although there are still many words that cry for omission and the huge task will never be accomplished, it is exciting to me to reread the masterly Strunkian elaboration of this noble theme. More than ten million copies of three editions were later sold.

UTB Vienna facultas. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous editions.

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White greatly enlarged and revised the book for publication by Macmillan in Each rule or principle is followed by a short hortatory essay, and usually the exhortation is followed by, or interlarded with, examples in parallel columns — the flements vs. Do not construct awkward adverbs p. The book’s toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar.


Perhaps the book has become something of a curiosity. S7 Strunk [1] PE There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe wrote that it was a “curious addition”. Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are dependent on the policies of the lending library. The New York Times.

His foreowrd contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. Harcourt republished it in page format in It is often so misguided that the authors appear not to notice their own egregious flouting of its own rules Do not affect a breezy manner p.

Even after I got through tampering with it, it was still a tiny thing, a barely tarnished gem. Seven rules of usage, eleven principles of composition, a few matters of form, and a list of words and expressions commonly misused — that was the sum angel, substance of Professor Strunk’s work.

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Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. I have now completed a third revision. Will felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time, floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain this swamp quickly and get the reader up on dry ground, or at least to throw a rope. The Elements of Style.