The Elements of Style

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Penguin, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 147 pages
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The only style manual to ever appear on a bestseller list now refreshed by one of our most beloved illustrators

Every English writer knows Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman's fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.

 

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This stands up beautifully, and really is a 'must read' for all interested in reading and writing. It's by no means the last word on the use of written English, but there is a great degree of sense in much of this for all writers. Read full review

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Just the best book ever for anyone who writes! Every teacher should know this classic. Read full review

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Contents

ELEMENTARY RULES OF USAGE l
1
Place a comma before a conjunction introducing
11
The number of the subject determines the number
18
A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence
24
ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION
31
Use the active voice
33
Put statements in positive form
34
Use definite specific concrete language
37
In summaries keep to one tense
49
Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end
52
A FEW MATTERS OF FORM
55
WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS COMMONLY MISUSED
63
This
97
Place yourself in the background
100
Write in a way that comes naturally
101
Write with nouns and verbs
105

Omit needless words
39
Avoid a succession of loose sentences
40
Express coordinate ideas in similar form
43
Keep related words together
44
Do not overstate
106
Use orthodox spelling
108
Do not explain too much
109
SPELLING from the first edition
122

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About the author (2007)

MAIRA KALMAN is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of "And the Pursuit of Happiness "and "The Principals of Uncertainty"; and has illustrated Michael Pollan's "Food Rules" and William Strunk and E.B. White's "The Elements of Style." Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.
www.mairakalman.com

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