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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612931103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612931104
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Strunk Jr. (1 July 1869 26 September 1946) was a professor of English at Cornell University and author of the The Elements of Style (1918), which, after being revised and enlarged by his former student E. B. White, became a highly influential guide to English usage during the late 20th century.

Strunk was born and reared in Cincinnati, Ohio, the eldest of four surviving children of William and Ella Garretson Strunk. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890 and a PhD at Cornell University in 1896. He spent the academic year 1898 99 at the Sorbonne and the Collège de France, where he studied morphology and philology.

Strunk first taught mathematics at Rose Polytechnical Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1890 91. He then taught English at Cornell for 46 years, disdaining specialization and becoming expert in both classical and non-English literature. In 1922 he published English Metres, a study of poetic metrical form, and he compiled critical editions of Cynewulf's Juliana, several works of Dryden, James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, and several Shakespearean plays. Strunk was also active in a gathering known as the Manuscript Club., an "informal Saturday-night gathering of students and professors interested in writing," where he met Elwyn Brooks White.

In 1935 36, Strunk enjoyed serving as the literary consultant for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Romeo and Juliet (1936).

In 1918, Strunk privately published The Elements of Style for the use of his Cornell students, who gave it its nickname, "the little book." Strunk intended the guide "to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention...on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. In 1935, Strunk and Edward A. Tenney revised and published the guide as The Elements and Practice of Composition (1935).

In his New Yorker column of July 27, 1957, E. B. White praised the "little book" as a "forty-three-page summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English." Macmillan and Company then commissioned White to revise The Elements of Style for republication. White's expansion and modernization of the 1935 edition sold more than two million copies. Since 1959, total sales of three editions in four decades has exceeded ten million copies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Judah on August 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a public domain version of an old 1919 copy of a grammar text by William Strunk Jr. It is not useful. Writing standards are different in 2011 compared with 1919.

"The Elements of Style (4th Edition)" by William Strunk (Author), E. B. White (Author), Roger Angell (Foreword) is what you want to buy.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Johnny B on March 10, 2007
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This power packed literary guide is essential for anyone who wishes to write better. Whether you are in an English class or need to write something professionally, this is the guide book to show you how. I purchased this book for a college English course, and it has proved to be a valuable tool in furthering my written communication skills.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Emma Jane on September 5, 2007
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This has been a standard in my bookshelf, actually on my bedside table, for many years. This new copy went to university with my grandson who is a freshman. I cannot say enough good things about this little book; neither can I tell you how many I have given to young (and older) students for use as they embark on high school or college writing. Strunk is the most concise and perfect help for writing that I have found.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Kondo on July 13, 2011
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This version appears to be the original text by Strunk only. The fourth edition is a much updated publication and features both Strunk and White as the authors.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Simpson on July 28, 2007
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This little book is considered classic and timeless by many professors and students. I find it very helpful. It inspired me to write my own book about English.

Brandon Simpson
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Thew on November 20, 2009
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This is not the Elements of Style 4th edition in paperback. Its a condensed version of it and should not be a paperback choice of the original hardcover. Will be returning it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2013
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Actually, I have mixed feelings. The third-party that sold it through Amazon deserves a high score. They promptly sent it and the price (used) was great. ........................ The book itself: "The Elements of Style" is regarded as The Bible within the writers' critique group I attend. I bought this to give to new members. However, this particular edition is OLD. It has a 1959 copyright date and is the 16th printing. Strunk & White didn’t come out with a newer edition until 1972. I'd like to think the English Language hasn't changed much since 1972. My sense is that the authors have now discovered they can make more money if they can create a new edition every year. AND there's now several different editions coming out at the same time, depending on the author combination. We can find one by Strunk & White, one by Strunk; another by White. Do they not agree or something??? I think the son of one of them is also selling his own version. What worries me is that these experts are rewriting the rules just so they can sell more books. I hate it that the rules I learned in elementary school are no longer the latest “fashion.” As a related note, I find it embarrassing that it's Possible for someone to get a college degree in English. Worse yet, some people have earned multiple PhD degrees in just our one language. Let's compare that to Korean, where by the end of second grade, children have learned everything there is to know about their language and they can then use their time to learn other things--math, science; other languages. Here in America, college graduates still haven't learned English adequately. SO, "The Elements of Style" and its annual updates suggests the whole book is obsolete unless we're always buying the latest model--We can't trust the older versions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Suazo on January 7, 2008
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This book is very concise, but it contains the necessary information for your writing to be polished.
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