- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (24 August 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780205313426
- ISBN-13: 978-0205313426
- ASIN: 0205313426
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1.5 cm
- Customer Reviews: 2,254 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,14,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Elements of Style Hardcover – 24 August 1999
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About the Author
William Strunk, Jr. first used his own book, The Elements of Style, in 1919 for his English 8 course at Cornell University. The book was published in 1935 by Oliver Strunk.
E. B. White was a student in Professor Strunk's class at Cornell, and used "the little book" for himself. Commissioned by Macmillan to revise Strunk's book, White edited the 1959 and 1972 editions of The Elements of Style.
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Now for the book. The size of the book surprised me for a while but I had read, in Stephen King's Memoir on Wiritng included, that this tiny book serves as a starter for every serious writer. And it's just that. Right from cutting out unnecessary words to punctuation, to principles of composition, this book will provide you the basic tools for writing as a novice writer.
I intend to keep this book handy whenever I write and that says a lot about how good this book is because I HATE self help and how-to books.
The book has numerous spelling mistakes on almost every page.
Ex: "suspicions" written as "S!Spicions," "commonly" written as "comrrwnly," spaces are missing, or extra space between letters of a single word and so many more.
I am really disappointed and wouldn't recommend anyone to buy from this buyer at least.
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First written by Professor Will Strunk as a summation of English usage, composition, and form with words and expressions commonly misused, and later polished, expanded and transformed into a classic reference book thirty-eight years later by Strunk's student, E. B. White, 'The Elements of Style' does indeed contain 'rich deposits of gold.'
This book will help you to write better through eleven elementary rules such as using commas, dashes, and colons; eleven elementary principles of composition such as design, active voice and summaries; a few matters of form such as headings, exclamations and numerals; words and expressions commonly misused; an approach to style with a list of reminders; and a glossary of terms.
I read this book in one sitting, underlining key points on every page, wanting to take it all in so that I could immediately put the rules and style approaches into practice.
A must for any discerning writer - a book that will inspire you to write, move you to want to write every day, and help you to write well.
It’s also really small and light, so could be kept in a handbag at all times! I think anyone studying in the English language should have a copy of this, from as young as possible, so they have the confidence to use grammar correctly, and to be able to define their writing style.
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When you have read this book, you will understand that a great deal of good writing is not just about crafting words with skill, it is about getting a clear idea of the logical relation between the ideas in every sentence. Once you understand that, you will not only create better prose but you will do it with less effort.
Naturally, it is a work of non-fiction (and about grammar no less!) So you won't find yourself on the edge of your seat or anything as you read it. But you will find it softly engaging and interesting and find yourself pulled into the mindset of those people who take grammar a good deal more seriously than most of us.
Particularly helpful is the fact that each recommendation comes with examples, so that you can see in practice what he is actually talking about, and that each part is not overly long, so you don't feel the need to reach for the metaphorical gun to put yourself out of your misery!
If you set aside the contents, introduction and appendix then this book is only 85 pages long, which I actually saw as a good thing. No doubt there are books on grammar that can quite happily be used as tables in their own right, but I wonder how many normal people actually read them?
It's a bit like Stephen Hawking's "Brief History of Time" in that owning a copy of such tomes doesn't automatically mean you have read them!
This one I have read. I honestly don't know if it improved my grammar much (oh ok I do...It didn't! I think you would need to make more than a casual study of this to really improve much). But the door is at least slightly ajar to seeing the light and perhaps, some day, also marveling at the difference between a conjunctive pronoun and a restrictive adverb (something which I have personally never heard of, but which I feel happy to allow some Grammar God to now lay claim too).
Overall, a book that is well worth your time.
The only thing I'm unsure of is whether it's Americans rules or UK rules.
One small drawback would be that the book is slightly outdated: many of the words which change their meanings or became simply part of the English language and are being used by everyone.
Nevertheless I certainly recommend this position to anyone willing to improve their writing.
"Omit needless words
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences...This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat all subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
Many expressions in common use violate this principle.
the question as to whether = whether
there is no doubt but that = no doubt
used for fuel purposes = used for fuel
he is a man who = he
in a hasty manner = hastily
this is a subject that = this subject..."
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