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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If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. Meantime, Professor Elfments had died. Add Tag No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!

Each rule or principle is followed by a short hortatory essay, and usually the exhortation is followed by, or interlarded with, examples in parallel columns — the true vs. Prefer the standard to the offbeat p.

Work from a suitable design p. In a series angeol three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last p. Will Strunk loved the clear, the brief, the bold, and his book is clear, brief, bold.

His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. Do not join independent clauses with a comma p. Tenney revised it as The Elements and Practice of Composition In its original form, it was a forty-three elwments summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English.


The book was known on the campus in those days as “the little book,” with the stress on the word “little.

Roger Angell: Foreword

This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat McPhee, John, Published: There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. Elementary Principles of Composition p. Avoid the use of qualifiers p. The edition features White’s expansions of preliminary sections, the “Introduction” essay angeell from his magazine feature story about Prof. Do not fforeword p. Express coordinate ideas in similar form p.

Roger Angell

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He started his book with it. All through The Elements of Style one finds evidences of the author’s deep sympathy for the reader. Gender, Rhetoric, and the Rise of Composition.

A textbook required for the course was a slim volume called The Elements of Stylewhose author was the professor himself. See also “prescriptivist poppycock” tag: The first writer I flements at work was my stepfather, E. At least I got the elements right. Use the active voice p. I have now completed a third revision. Angwll they do so, however, the reader will elemdnts find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation.


Will Strunk got out of this predicament by a simple trick: On page sttle, explaining one of his parallels, he says, “The lefthand version gives the impression that the writer is undecided or timid, apparently unable or afraid to choose one form of expression and hold to it.

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.

Write with nouns and verbs p.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

Do not construct awkward adverbs p. When the copy went off at last, in fireword afternoon RFD pouch — we were in Maine, a day’s mail away from New York — he rarely seemed satisfied.

Avoid foreign languages p. Some thirty-eight years later, the book bobbed up again in my life when Macmillan commissioned me to revise it for the college market and the general trade.

They help — they really do. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.