The Elements of Style

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., May 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 70 pages
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The Elements of Style is a classic work which is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters Two and Three) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript.

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The classic reference for writing style. - LibraryThing
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Pithy and lean, this manual to the essentials of effective written English presents its contents without frills, bells, or whistles. It takes off at full-stop and continues that way, making point ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harry Green - Goodreads

Use this as a style guide for punchy, efficient writing. It certainly isn't applicable to everyone in any scenario; the author is often dictating his own preference, with unintentionally hilarity, such as "Don't write in foreign languages. Use English." Worth a read, for sure. Read full review

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Elementary Rules of Usage
Elementary Principles of Composition
A Few Matters of Form
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
Words Commonly Misused

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About the author (2007)

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.

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