The Elements of Style by William Strunk
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The Elements of Style is an American English writing style guide. It is one of the most influential and best-known prescriptive treatments of English grammar and usage in the United States. It originally detailed eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, and "a few matters of form" as well as a list of commonly misused words and expressions. Updated editions of the paperback book are often required reading for American high school and college composition classes.
 

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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 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. Charles Osgood, who has been dubbed CBS News' "poet in residence," writes and anchors The Osgood File four times daily over the CBS Radio Network, and anchors CBS News Sunday Morning. He is the winner of three Emmys and three Peabody Awards. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jean. They have five children. E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Char E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Char E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, waslotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, waslotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell U born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell U born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the sniversity in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the sniversity in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He dietaff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He dietaff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three d on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three d on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren. Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harpegrandchildren. Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harpegrandchildren. Mr. White's essays have appeared in Harper's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Mear's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Mear's magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man's Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, t, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, t, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. WhiteEssays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. WhiteEssays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which co for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which co for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a "substantial and lasting contributimmended him for making a "substantial and lasting contributimmended him for making a "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." During his lifetime, manon to literature for children." During his lifetime, manon to literature for children." During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. Iny young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. Iny young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, "No, they are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kinthey are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kinthey are imaginary tales . . . But real life is only one kind of life--there is also the life of the imagination." d of life--there is also the life of the imagination." d of life--there is also the life of the imagination. ROGER ANGELL joined TheNew Yorker as a fiction editor in 1962. He is the author of seven celebrated baseball books, including Game Time: A Baseball Companion. He lives in New York and Maine.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Longman. 66 pages
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Examiner

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on Sep 15 2011

A grand challenge to obtain a similar level of English language nirvana.

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Suite 101

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on Mar 15 2009

It lays out the rules of good writing in a clear, succinct and authoritative style that serves as example and inspiration to any serious student of writing.

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Dominion of New York

Above average
on Apr 11 2012

Follow Strunk & White assiduously, and you probably won’t embarrass yourself…but you probably won’t distinguish yourself, either.

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A Patchwork of Books

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on Sep 03 1999

Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Jul 04 2016

The Elements of Style is replete with many timeless truths about modern English usage, truths that have trickled down into the literary consciousness of many generations of journalists and writers.

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Teen Ink

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Not only is this book helpful to authors, students, and anyone who writes, it is pleasant to read.

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Reviewed by Pascasio JR Felisilda on Mar 16 2014

This will benefit anyone who needs to write to a wider audience. Unless you want to write in fragmented thoughts or in a haphazard way, then this book is not for you.

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