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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See also “prescriptivist poppycock” tag: The year was How simple they look, set down here in White’s last chapter: Elementary Principles of Composition p. Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and Whiteand the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or whichbut can’t tell you why.

Rather it proposes to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. First expanded edition Vigorous writing is concise. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Prefer the standard to the offbeat p.

Roger Angell

This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Avoid fancy words p. Harcourt republished eelements in page format in Why compound ignorance with inaudibility? Professor Strunk, although one of the most inflexible and choosy of men, was quick to acknowledge the fallacy of inflexibility and the danger of doctrine.


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Goreword recovered from his adventure in prolixity fifty-nine words were a lot of words in the tight world of William Strunk Jr. Do not construct awkward adverbs p. Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation p.

I think Professor Strunk would not object to that. There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. McPhee, John, Published: I passed the course, graduated from the university, and forgot the book but not the professor.

The Elements of Style 2nd ed. The Elements of Stylewhen I reexamined it inseemed to me to contain rich deposits of gold.

His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. Put statements in positive form p.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk – Free Ebook

Do not join independent clauses with a comma p. The fourth edition of The Elements of Stylepublished 54 years after Strunk’s death, omits his stylistic advice about masculine pronouns: Do not affect a breezy manner p.

The Elements of Style First expanded edition Will felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time, floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain this swamp quickly and get the ajgell up on dry ground, or at least to throw a rope. When the new issue of The New Yorker turned up in Maine, I sometimes saw him reading his “Comment” piece over to himself, with only a slightly different expression than the one he’d worn on the day it went off.


Roger Angell: Foreword

I commend Rule 1 to the Timesand I trust that Charles’s throat, not Charles’ throat, is in fine shape today. He was a memorable man, friendly and funny.

In revising the text, I have tried to hold steadily in mind this belief of his, this concern for the bewildered reader. Keep related words eleemnts p. I still find the Strunkian wisdom a comfort, the Strunkian humor a delight, and the Strunkian attitude toward right-and- wrong a blessing undisguised.

Today, fifty-two years foreworf, its vigor is unimpaired, and for sheer pith I think it probably sets a record that is not likely to be broken. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.