The Elements of Style

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., 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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I believe it was Stephen King, in On Writing, who recommended that writers should reread this classic once a year. The key principle that Strunk and White want to transmit from their brain to yours is ... Read full review

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I currently live in the same house as a Steven Pinker devotee, the upshot of which is that I can't open this book without being explained to how internally inconsistent it is. It's not about how ... Read full review

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Contents

Introductory
5
Elementary Rules of Usage
7
Elementary Principles of Composition
19
A Few Matters of Form
45
Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
49
Words Commonly Misused
67

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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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