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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It is encouraging to see how perfectly a book, even a dusty rule book, perpetuates and extends the spirit of a man.

Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write the “Notes and Comment” page for The New Yorker.

White’s prose is celebrated for its ease and clarity — just think of Charlotte’s Web — but maintaining this standard required stle attention. In the English classes of today, “the little book” is surrounded by longer, lower textbooks — books with permissive steering and automatic transitions.

See also “prescriptivist poppycock” tag: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Do not construct awkward adverbs p.

Roger Angell

He disliked the word forceful and advised us to use forcible instead. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The first writer I watched at work was my stepfather, E.

He had a number of likes and dislikes that were almost as whimsical as the choice of a necktie, yet he made them seem utterly convincing. Will knew where he stood. You recognize the title. This chapter Chapter V is addressed particularly to those who feel that English prose composition is not only a necessary skill but a sensible pursuit as well — a way to spend one’s days. More than ten million copies of three editions were later sold.


You’ve probably used this book yourself. The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver with revulsion. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

Prefer the standard to the offbeat elemnets. Place a Hold You must be logged in first. Tenney revised it as The Elements and Practice of Composition White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].

Choose a suitable design and hold to it p. There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. Fresh examples have been added to some of the rules and principles, amplification has reared its head in a few places fooreword the text where I felt an assault could successfully be made on the bastions of its brevity, and in general the book has received a thorough overhaul — to correct errors, delete bewhiskered entries, and enliven slements argument.

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Macmillan and Company subsequently commissioned White to revise The Elements for a edition Strunk had died in But we are all writers and readers as well as communicators, with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves as White put it og the clear and almost perfect thought. The book’s toxic mix of purism, atavism, and personal eccentricity is not underpinned by a proper grounding in English grammar.


The Elements of Style 5th ed. The Elements of Style 2nd ed. The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request. He was so sure of where he stood, and made his position so clear and so plausible, that his peculiar stance has continued to invigorate me — and, I am sure, thousands of other ex-students — during the angelp that have intervened since our first encounter. Add Tag No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!

I treasure The Elements of Style for its sharp advice, but I treasure it even more for the audacity and self-confidence of its author. Follow this rule whatever the final consonant.

This edition has been modestly updated, with word processors and air conditioners making their first appearance among White’s references, and 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. I have tried, instead, to preserve the flavor of his discontent while slightly enlarging the scope of the discussion. Professor Strunk was a positive man. Strunkand the concluding chapter, “An Approach to Style”, a broader, prescriptive guide to writing in English.

Do not explain too much p.