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The Elements of Style (4th Edition) Hardcover – Aug 24 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 4 edition (Aug. 24 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205313426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205313426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I no longer read the rules. I know most of them now, and I know which ones I will break if I am not careful.
I still read the introduction, and I still glance through the book looking for encouragement and inspiration. The effort pays off when I write a ghastly sentence in the middle of an important e-mail and consider pressing the "send" button. I remember that I may save one reader by re-writing that sentence.
I could slink off the field of battle, but instead, I lower my lance and charge. Strunk and White remind me that the battle is worth it and that, by God, it's fun.
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This was my very first writing 'how-to' book. My initial copy has long since bit the dust, and the one I have now has seen better days. So obviously, although it was my first, it still gets a lot of use. It's a slim book of only eighty-four pages, but it's packed with basic elements of writing that every writer should know, including: grammar, word usage and sentence structure. There's nothing new here, but I'm willing to bet you've forgotten half of what's in it. I still use it regularly - every time I need to remember the proper usage of lay and lie, or further and farther.
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You want to know how to write well? Strunk & White have written this book to make it simple to better your writing. There are many grammar and how-to-write books out there that bore you till the kingdom comes. Reading through this book was a pleasure. I learned some helpful hints about cutting out needless words and overused phrases. I am still working on my writing. I am far from perfection but The Elements of Style has given me a much needed guide to better my writing skills. This is one that Stephen King would advise you to put in your toolbox.
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I needed a book that would draw attention to ideas and elements of writing not easily recognized.
This is a small, to-the-point reference guide that I have used for my final edit on research essays. It greatly improved my writings by calling attention to my use of abstract words and adverbs--all with clear samples of proper/improper use to help you identify the difference.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a condensed reference in grammer usage, and so did my college English Professor.
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Book comes with the recommendation of my college teacher. Mine too. Keep a copy where you work, and read it -- when you're stuck, when you have nothing else to do, or when you need a refresher.
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How can you possibly do without this landmark book? It is practical with real life examples that are meaningfully presented.
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