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The elements of style /
by William Strunk Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White.
edition
50th Anniversary ed.
imprint
New York : Pearson Longman, c2009.
description
xviii, 105 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0205632645, 9780205632640
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Pearson Longman, c2009.
isbn
0205632645
9780205632640
general note
"This anniversary edition is a reprint of the fourth edition with an added Note from the Publisher"--T.p. verso.
Includes index.
catalogue key
6682929
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-04-01:
Anyone who writes and edits for a living (including librarians, naturally) is no stranger to William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White's classic writing manual, The Elements of Style. This "little book" barely makes the 100-page mark (even with a glossary and an index in the back), but it has influenced generations of writers since it was first released in 1959. The Elements of Style owes its status as much to the authors' sound advice as to the amusing anecdotes throughout. To commemorate its 50th anniversary this spring, Pearson is releasing a black leather-bound, gold-embossed reprint of the fourth edition from 2000 (pictured), which includes a new publisher's note outlining the book's history, along with quotes from celebrities like Dorothy Parker, Dan Rather, and Ben Affleck. An event to celebrate the occasion will be held on April 16th in New York City with a panel of writers and journalists. Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (keepers of the papers of E.B. White) will host an exhibit in the Olin Library to coincide with the anniversary. The best-selling book about writing ever published (ten million copies and counting), The Elements of Style, in the now 30-year-old words of E.B. White, still stands "erect, resolute and assured," ready to conquer a new generation of writers synonymous with blogging, texting, facebooking, twittering, and other forms of how-fast-can-you-reach-me communication. And while we appreciate the opportunities those new forms of expression have afforded us, we can all benefit from not dressing up words by adding -ly "as though putting a hot on a horse"; overusing qualifiers like rather, very, and pretty that are like "leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood of words"; and writing nite for night or pleez for please in daily emails, unless we "plan to introduce a complete system of simplified spelling and are prepared to take the consequences." Libraries of all backgrounds owe it to every aspiring writer out there to invest in this sturdy new edition.-Mirela Roncevic, Reference Editor, LJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And nowThe Elements of Style-the most widely read and employed English style manual-is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim forThe Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first readElements of Styleduring the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that'and 'which.'It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. "For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White'sElements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer "The Elements of Styleremains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in t
Back Cover Copy
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Style-the most widely read and employed English style manual-is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first read Elements of Styleduring the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that'and 'which.'It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. "For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer " The Elements of Styleremains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: 'In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there's help.' S&W doesn't really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there's an orderly way to go about it, that clarity's ever your ideal, but -- really -- it's all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford " The Elements of Stylenever seems to go out of date. Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious. And while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. The rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within." -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker "It's the toughness-the irreverence and implicit laughter-that attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White's loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. For me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Styleto break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from." -- Robert Pinsky "In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. For me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential." -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book." --Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Styledid I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book." -- Julia Alvarez "Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily." -- Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics "Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be 'clear, brief, bold.' I dip back into The Elements of Styleand am refreshed.

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You know the authors'' names. You recognize the title. You''ve probably used this book yourself. and now The Elements of Style the most widely read and employed English style manual is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title''s vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book''s illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first read Elements of Style during the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between ''that'' and ''which.'' It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. "For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White''s Elements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer " The Elements of Style remains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: ''In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there''s help.'' S&W doesn''t really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there''s an orderly way to go about it, that clarity''s ever your ideal, but -- really -- it''s all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford " The Elements of Style never seems to go out of date. Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious. and while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. the rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within." -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker "It''s the toughness the irreverence and implicit laughter that attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White''s loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. for me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Style to break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from." -- Robert Pinsky "In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. for me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential." -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book." --Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Style did I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book." -- Julia Alvarez "Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily." -- Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics "Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be ''clear, brief, bold.'' I dip back into The Elements of Style and am refreshed. After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word ''e-mail'' needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, ''Are you a drunken white man?'' Those listeners misheard. ''Strunk and White man'' was what Scott said." -- Roy Blount Jr. "Strunk & White--writing''s good-natured law firm--still contains enough sparkling good sense to clean up the whole bloviating blogosphere." -- Thomas Mallon "I used Strunk -- that''s what we called it, Strunk -- as a student at Berkeley fifty years ago. I didn''t know that it was new, and that we were the first generation to be educated in The Elements of Style. I got a firm foundation in the English language, learned to write basically, and could depict the realistic world. Then I was able to become an impressionist and expressionist." -- Maxine Hong Kingston "Strunk and White''s gigantic little book must be the most readable advice on writing ever written. Side by side with Roget, Shakespeare, the Bible, and a dictionary, it''s an essential for every writer''s shelf." -- X.J. Kennedy "With what joy I welcome the fiftieth anniversary of The Elements of Style. I am greatly indebted to this book for the invaluable help it has given me all these years." -- Horton Foote "Elegant, droll, and perfectly proportioned, and like your favorite aunt, strict but affectionate. And, like your favorite aunt, full of optimism: You can, and will, be a better writer! There has never been a better, briefer, or more loved book about the art and craft of communicating." -- Susan Orlean "This book is an essential tool. It has been of great use to me and is probably responsible for my best writing. I owe my success to Strunk and White; only the mistakes are mine." -- Ben Affleck, in O, the Oprah Magazine "This book is a wonderful example of teaching by example. Not only does it recommend clear and concise writing, it demonstrates it. Written in the style of a friend offering help, it is a godsend to anyone wanting to put words on paper. Thank you, Messieurs Strunk and White. and Happy Anniversary, Elements of Style." -- S.E. Hinton "When I began to have ... I wouldn''t say arguments but conversations in my mind with Strunk and White about a few of their rules and principles, I knew I was coming into my own. If only they were still here to talk things over! No doubt their side of the exchange would be kindly put, well-informed, and wise. They''d probably help me with my side of it. What more could one want from writers reaching out to help other writers?" -- Barbara Wallraff, language columnist for The Atlantic "I don''t believe there is a serious writer alive who doesn''t have a worn copy of ''Strunk & White''on his or her bookshelf." -- Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl''s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing "This little book has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to write better partly by precept and partly by example. It continues to influence more writers than any other. It''s a force for good in the world." -- Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner''s Modern American Usage "I can think of no better guide to good writing, and I always think of this little classic with a warm heart. More importantly, I revisit its pages often. It''s the one essential book on writing." -- Jay Parini, author of Why Poetry Matters "Clarity and simplicity have always been the
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You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now 'The Elements of Style', the most widely read and employed English style manual, is available in a specially bound 50th anniversary edition.
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You know the authors'' names. You recognize the title. You''ve probably used this book yourself. and now The Elements of Stylethe most widely read and employed English style manualis available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title''s vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book''s illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first read Elements of Style during the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between ''that'' and ''which.'' It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. "For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White''s Elements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer " The Elements of Style remains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: ''In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there''s help.'' S&W doesn''t really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there''s an orderly way to go about it, that clarity''s ever your ideal, but -- really -- it''s all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford " The Elements of Style never seems to go out of date. Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious. and while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. the rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within." -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker "It''s the toughnessthe irreverence and implicit laughterthat attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White''s loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. for me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Style to break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from." -- Robert Pinsky "In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. for me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential." -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book." --Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Style did I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book." -- Julia Alvarez "Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily." -- Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics "Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be ''clear, brief, bold.'' I dip back into The Elements of Style and am refreshed. After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word ''e-mail'' needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, ''Are you a drunken white man?'' Those listeners misheard. ''Strunk and White man'' was what Scott said." -- Roy Blount Jr. "Strunk & White--writing''s good-natured law firm--still contains enough sparkling good sense to clean up the whole bloviating blogosphere." -- Thomas Mallon "I used Strunk -- that''s what we called it, Strunk -- as a student at Berkeley fifty years ago. I didn''t know that it was new, and that we were the first generation to be educated in The Elements of Style. I got a firm foundation in the English language, learned to write basically, and could depict the realistic world. Then I was able to become an impressionist and expressionist." -- Maxine Hong Kingston "Strunk and White''s gigantic little book must be the most readable advice on writing ever written. Side by side with Roget, Shakespeare, the Bible, and a dictionary, it''s an essential for every writer''s shelf." -- X.J. Kennedy "With what joy I welcome the fiftieth anniversary of The Elements of Style. I am greatly indebted to this book for the invaluable help it has given me all these years." -- Horton Foote "Elegant, droll, and perfectly proportioned, and like your favorite aunt, strict but affectionate. And, like your favorite aunt, full of optimism: You can, and will, be a better writer! There has never been a better, briefer, or more loved book about the art and craft of communicating." -- Susan Orlean "This book is an essential tool. It has been of great use to me and is probably responsible for my best writing. I owe my success to Strunk and White; only the mistakes are mine." -- Ben Affleck, in O, the Oprah Magazine "This book is a wonderful example of teaching by example. Not only does it recommend clear and concise writing, it demonstrates it. Written in the style of a friend offering help, it is a godsend to anyone wanting to put words on paper. Thank you, Messieurs Strunk and White. and Happy Anniversary, Elements of Style." -- S.E. Hinton "When I began to have ... I wouldn''t say arguments but conversations in my mind with Strunk and White about a few of their rules and principles, I knew I was coming into my own. If only they were still here to talk things over! No doubt their side of the exchange would be kindly put, well-informed, and wise. They''d probably help me with my side of it. What more could one want from writers reaching out to help other writers?" -- Barbara Wallraff, language columnist for The Atlantic "I don''t believe there is a serious writer alive who doesn''t have a worn copy of ''Strunk & White''on his or her bookshelf." -- Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl''s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing "This little book has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to write better partly by precept and partly by example. It continues to influence more writers than any other. It''s a force for good in the world." -- Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner''s Modern American Usage "I can think of no better guide to good writing, and I always think of this little classic with a warm heart. More importantly, I revisit its pages often. It''s the one essential book on writing." -- Jay Parini, author of Why Poetry Matters "Clarity and simplicity have
Main Description
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Style---the most widely read and employed English style manual---is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level.
Main Description
You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Stylethe most widely read and employed English style manualis available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first read Elements of Styleduring the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that'and 'which.'It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. "For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer " The Elements of Styleremains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: 'In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there's help.' S&W doesn't really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there's an orderly way to go about it, that clarity's ever your ideal, but -- really -- it's all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford " The Elements of Stylenever seems to go out of date. Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious. And while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. The rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within." -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker "It's the toughnessthe irreverence and implicit laughterthat attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White's loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. For me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Styleto break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from." -- Robert Pinsky "In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. For me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential." -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book." --Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Styledid I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book." -- Julia Alvarez "Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily." -- Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics "Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be 'clear, brief, bold.' I dip back into The Elements of Styleand am refreshed
Main Description
You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Style–the most widely read and employed English style manual–is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White “I first read Elements of Styleduring the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that'and 'which.'It is the Bible for good, clear writing.” -- Henry Louis Gates Jr. “For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment.” -- Jim Lehrer “ The Elements of Styleremains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it.” -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: ‘In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there's help.’ S&W doesn't really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there's an orderly way to go about it, that clarity's ever your ideal, but -- really -- it's all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford “ The Elements of Stylenever seems to go out of date. Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious. And while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. The rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within.” -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker “It’s the toughness–the irreverence and implicit laughter–that attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White’s loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. For me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Styleto break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from.” -- Robert Pinsky “In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. For me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential.” -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book." --Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Styledid I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book." -- Julia Alvarez “Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily.” -- Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics “Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be ‘clear, brief, bold.’ I dip back into The Elements of Styleand am refreshed. After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word ‘e-mail’ needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, ‘Are you a drunken white man?’ Those listeners misheard. ‘Strunk and White man’ was what Scott said.” &#x
Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Elementary Rules Of Usage
Form the Possessive Singular of Nouns by Adding 's
In a Series of Three or More Terms with a Single Conjunction, Use a Comma after Each Term except the Last
Enclose Parenthetic Expressions between Commas
Place a Comma before a Conjunction Introducing an Independent Clause
Do Not Join Independent Clauses with a Comma
Do Not Break Sentences in Two
Use a Colon after an Independent Clause to Introduce a List of Particulars, an Appositive, an Amplification, or an Illustrative Question
Use a Dash to Set Off an Abrupt Break or Interruption and to Announce a Long Appositive or Summary
The Number of the Subject Determines the Number of the Verb
Use the Proper Case of Pronoun
A Participial Phrase at the Beginning of the Sentence Must Refer to the Grammatical Subject
Telementary Principles Of Composition
Choose a Suitable Design and Hold to It
Make the Paragraph the unit of Composition
Use the Active Voice
Put Statements in Positive Form
Use Definite, Specific, Concrete Language
Omit Needless Words
Avoid a Succession of Loose Sentences
Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form
Keep Related Words Together
In Summaries, Keep to One Tense
Place the Emphatic Words of a Sentence at the End
A Few Matters Of Form
Words And Expressions Commonly Misused
An Approach To Style (With A List Of Reminders)
Place Yourself in the Background
Write in a Way That Comes Naturally
Work From a Suitable Style
Write with Nouns and Verbs
Revise and Rewrite
Do Not Overwrite
Do Not Overstate
Avoid the Use of Qualifiers
Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner
Use Orthodox Spelling
Do Not Explain Too Much
Do Not Construct Awkward Adverbs
Make Sure the Reader Knows Who is Speaking
Avoid Fancy Words
Do Not Use Dialect Unless Your Ear Is Good
Be Clear
Do Not Inject Opinion
Use Figures of Speech Sparingly
Do Not Take Shortcuts at the Cost of Clarity
Avoid Foreign Languages
Prefer the Standard to the Offbeat
Afterword
Glossary
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