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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Roger Angell: Foreword

Inat The New Yorkerthe e,ements guide reached the attention of E. Do not overwrite p. A Few Matters of Form p. 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.

Omit needless words p.

The number of the subject determines the number of the verb p. They are the way.

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Avoid the use of qualifiers elementw. Use figures of speech sparingly p. Inthe Open Syllabus Project [22] lists The Elements of Style as the most frequently assigned text in US academic syllabi, based on an analysis oftexts appearing in over 1 million syllabi. The book was known on the campus in those days as “the little book,” with the stress on the word “little.


Will Strunk loved the clear, the brief, the bold, and his wngell is clear, brief, bold. You recognize the title.

Use the proper case of pronoun p. Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end p. The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver with revulsion. Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write the “Notes and Comment” page for The New Yorker. In the main I have not tried to soften his commands, or modify his pronouncements, or remove the special objects of his scorn. The Elements of Style Strunk Writing is hard, even for authors who do it all the time.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Today, fifty-two years later, its vigor is unimpaired, and for sheer pith I think it probably sets a record that is not likely to be broken. The task was familiar to him — he was required to file a few hundred words of editorial or personal commentary on some topic in or out of the news that week — but the sounds of his typewriter from his room came in hesitant bursts, with long silences in between.

He also produced the second and third editions of The Elements of Styleby which time the book’s length had extended to 85 pages. White knew that a compendium of specific tips — about singular and plural verbs, parentheses, the “that” — “which” scuffle, and many others — could clear up a recalcitrant sentence or subclause when quickly reconsulted, and that the larger principles needed to be kept in plain sight, like a wall sampler.


Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is ‘Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise.

There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. I passed the course, graduated from the university, and forgot the book but not the professor.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

I think Professor Strunk would not object to that. Rather it proposes angeol give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! To be batting only.

You know the authors’ names. What is not here is anything about E-mail forewoord the rules-free, lower-case flow that cheerfully keeps us in touch these days. Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are dependent on the policies of the lending library. Do not break sentences in two p.