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The Elements of Style (4th Edition) 4th Edition
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WARNING on REVIEWS: Amazon is using the same customer reviews for "The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition" by Strunk and White (1999) and "The Elements of Style - the Original Edition" by Strunk (without White) (1920), re-published September 2007.
Since the republication of Strunk's original work was released in September 2007, all reviews before that date pertain to "Strunk & White." Any review after that date, unless clearly indicated, could pertain to either book.
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Is a new edition of this handbook really necessary? I believe that it is, not only because of the archaic references that needed updating, but also because today's younger writers need visual stimulation and pizazz to capture their attention; this edition has both. Strunk and White's words of wisdom are, for the most part, reprinted as they appeared in earlier editions. The authors discuss such topics as elementary rules of usage, principles of composition and form, words commnonly misused, and tips on how to develop an effective and natural style. Even experienced writers would do well to review "The Elements of Style" now and then to remind them of the importance of clarity, brevity, simplicity, and consistency.
Beyond those 14 pithy pages, however, are another 100 or so that extend the value of the book immeasurably: Principles of Composition, Commonly Misused Words, and perhaps the most valuable: An Approach to Style, which gives excellent advice along the lines of Do not overwrite, Avoid qualifiers, Don't over-explain, Avoid adverbs, Avoid dialect, Don't inject opinion, and tons of others.
When all's said and done, however, one of the very best parts is a wonderful essay by the inimitable EB White himself - the Introduction, which serves as a perfect example of all that the rest of the small book preaches: write concisely, clearly, and well, and say something worthwhile.
Other books for writers to consider: Bird by Bird, On Writing, and Writing Down the Bones.
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Not really enough included for this to be a very helpful book. What's included is good. It's just not inclusive enough to be a good resource for young writers.Published 2 hours ago by ND Irish Fan
Brilliant stuff here, people. A must have for every writer. Fits in your pocket too! E.B. White is charming and spectacular and witty with his methods of teaching you the many do's... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jacob
Ended up being more of frequent use then I thought there was going to be. I had to buy this book for one class, but as it turned out it was frequently used in many of my other... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jolee
The formatting and spelling errors are just overwhelming and is NOT worth it. Get the print version. Some of it is totally incomprehensivke.Published 1 day ago by Gabbie