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    Elements of Style

    ISBN-10: 0205313426
    ISBN-13: 9780205313426
    Author(s): William Strunk, E. B. White
    Description: You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to  More...
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    Edition: 4th
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 105
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.770
    Language: English

    You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. The revisions to the new edition are purposely kept minimal in order to retain the book's unique tone, wit, and charm. A new Glossary of the grammatical terms used in the book provides a convenient reference for readers. The discussion of pronoun use is revised to reflect the contemporary concern with sexist language. In addition, there are numerous slight revisions in the book itself which implement this advice. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

    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.

    Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899, in Mt. Vernon, New York. After graduating from Cornell University, he worked briefly for an advertising agency and as a newspaper reporter before joining the staff of The New Yorker magazine in 1927. As a columnist for The New Yorker and a contributor to Harper's Magazine, White established a reputation as a prose stylist of exceptional elegance, clarity and wit. His interests, as reflected in his writing, were numerous and varied; his essays touched on such wide-ranging subjects as politics, farm animals, and life in New York City. White married Katharine S. Angell in 1929. They had one son, and in 1957 the family left New York for a farm in North Brookline, Maine. Writings from The New Yorker, 1927-1976 is a compilation of columns and essays produced during White's long relationship with the magazine. One Man's Meat, published in 1942, is a collection of his writings for Harper's. White adapted a short guide to English grammar and usage, The Elements of Style, from a college text written by one of his professors at Cornell, William Strunk Jr. It has sold millions of copies since it was first published in 1959 and has become a cherished resource for guidance in writing. White also co-authored Is Sex Necessary? with the humorist James Thurber, a fellow staff member at The New Yorker. E.B. White died on October 1, 1985 after succumbing to Alzheimer's. His diverse legacy also includes three children's books: Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan. In 1970 the American Library Association presented White the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in recognition of his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 and received a special Pulitzer Prize citation for his body of work in 1970.

    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 quotation
    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 a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject
    Elementary 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 design
    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
    Index

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