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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: bnpublishing.net (September 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9562916464
  • ISBN-13: 978-9562916462
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Brian's Dad on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
First of all, great book. Been writing professionally for 20 years, and I still use this book occasionally.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Payne on September 1, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
There are better Kindle editions out there. This one does have linked TOC but it is layed out weirdly. For one thing, it doesn't link back to the TOC from inside the book. For another, there is one main TOC with just the chapter headings and each chapter has its own more detailed TOC. Not very useful. The words wrap nicely but would benefit from better spacing and bullet points around examples. Not bad but there are better editions.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John Woltman on April 16, 2010
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This is the original, out-of-copyright "Elements of Style," not the updated version by Strunk and White. Very disappointed with this purchase.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. Knight on September 30, 2008
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The book is great, I mean it's a classic but this version looks like it came right off the photo copier of the original print for 100 years ago. It's horribly fussy and the copy spacing is poor. I suggest finding a version by a different publisher.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar on September 24, 2008
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William Strunk's book "The Elements of Style" was recommended to me by an American friend, whose linguistic abilities I value very high. I ordered the book immediately and was surprised, when it arrived, by how thin it was. It turned out to be a compendium, which would best be memorized (I am not joking!). This American English writing style guide was written in 1918, but has not aged at all. The most important rules of American English, and the ones most commonly forgotten (like the use of Saxon Genitive of commas), are gathered here. I found the collection of frequently misspelled words very useful, too (although I though of some I could add, for example "receive", which I see misspelled more often than not). For me, the most helpful part was the discussion on brevity and omitting then unnecessary words - I still struggle with long sentences and too many adjectives and adverbs. This small volume is a must-have for anyone who wants to write correctly in English!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Thurston on October 30, 2009
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This edition of the Elements of Style does NOT include the material by E.B. White! For some incomprehensible reason, the publishers have stripped all of White's excellent observations, tips, and essay material out of the book.

I grew up with Strunk & White. I used it as a college teacher and tutor. I used it for decades as a professional writer. When my copy was destroyed in a fire, I sought to replace it and was entirely too careless: I simply looked for the same title ("The Elements of Style") and clicked to order it.

I would award Strunk & White five stars. Without White's material, The Elements of Style is a two-star book. This weak-tea version of "Elements" is merely adequate. If you really want insight into style, purchase Stunk & WHITE. I was careless; I want to alert other purchasers before they make the same error.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Abrams VINE VOICE on March 20, 2008
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This is in my opinion the best, most straight-forward book on grammar and style. I accidentally ordered the original, which doesn't contain White's contributions. This version weighs in at 52 pages and delivers relevant advice on every one of them. There are longer, more detailed studies out there, of course. But if you want to do more writing and less thumbing through a rulebook, this is an excellent solution. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on July 28, 2011
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What better way is there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Little Book" (The Elements of Style: 50th Anniversary Edition) than by reading the original source-text?

And what a celebration it is!

The first thing noticed is how familiar the original text is. The same outline format, the same structure, the same sage (and somewhat whimsical) advice that is in the current (4th) edition is there in the first--in all its unvarnished glory.

That is a glowing testament both to Mr. Strunk's genius and enduring power. Dr. Boyd K. Packer noted, "Refined substance combined with brevity are very difficult indeed to achieve." And Strunk was up to the task. Consider other style- and writing- guides, their quiddities and quillets, their hair-splitting and niggling, with the resulting volume. Then flip through this 1st edition, which maxes out at 52 pages. You see why this book is so popular.

And why it is so useful.

Even so, there are noticeable differences between the 1st and 4th editions. The first is the accruals to the text. The 3rd edition included an index by Lawrence W. Mazzeno; the fourth had glossary by Robert DiYanni. Both of these are welcome helps.

But some of the other accruals are not so helpful. White's introduction is helpful in explaining the whys and wherefores of "The Little Book," and about the man William Strunk, Jr. Roger Angell's foreword, thought interesting, is more for a book on motivating writers, such as "Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity" by Ray Bradbury.
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