- Paperback: 105 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4th edition (August 2, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020530902X
- ISBN-13: 978-0205309023
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,597 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a marvellous and timeless little book... Here, succinctly, elegantly and without fuss are the essentials of writing clear, correct English." John Clare, "The Telegraph"
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"Buy it, study it, enjoy it. It's as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility."
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"No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume."
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"White is one of the best stylists and most lucid minds in this country. What he says and his way of saying it are equally rewarding."
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"The book remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful."
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". . . Should be the daily companion of anyone who writes for a living, and for that matter, anyone who writes at all."
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"This excellent book, which should go off to college with every freshman, is recognized as the best book of its kind we have."
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"It's hard to imagine an engineer or a manager who doesn't need to express himself in English prose as part of his job. It's also hard to imagine a writer who will not be improved by a liberal application of The Elements of Style."
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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.
The current revised edition, as of April 2016, is 'The Elements of Style', Fourth Edition, with the silver cover (the Longman's hardback 50th Ann. Ed. is also the same text, just in fancy packaging).
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.