- Paperback: 105 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4th edition (August 2, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780205309023
- ISBN-13: 978-0205309023
- ASIN: 020530902X
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,819 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Back when I worked for a newspaper, one of my editors was trying to get a review of mine on a particular page, which meant he needed to edit a little bit out ... he came back and told me - I couldn't edit your review. Every word was essential. - YES. Thank you, Strunk & White.
I purchased a used copy of this book as part of a graduation gift for my 18 year old nephew who recently sent me an e mail that shocked me since he is an honor student at his high school. For someone so bright his writing skills have much to be desired, no doubt in part due to extensive use of text messaging amongst teens (and some adults) these days. Though he's majoring in physics he will still have to take basic general education courses which will involve some degree of composition. He'll probably thank me after he gets the first C in his life in English 101.
Highly recommended for writers and students to polish their publications.
I read it decades ago and remember it being more helpful than I found it this time around. I read it again after assigning it to students (based on my memory). When I reread it, looking for pieces to assign students and quiz them about, it was hard to do.
I don't think it would be very helpful to students of this generation (millennials).
It's also a great "gift" to give college writers who know how to write for the web, but also at least understand basic rules of writing!