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The Elements of Style: The Original Edition Hardcover – 2006
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The original edition of the most trusted writer's guide to American English, this is the book that generations of writers have relied upon for timeless advice on grammar, diction, syntax, sentence construction, and other writing essentials. In brief and concise terms, author William Strunk, Jr., identifies the principal requirements of proper American English style and concentrates on the most often violated rules of composition. Originally published in 1918, this authoritative and engagingly written manual retains its immediacy and relevance. Strunk begins with the basic rules of usage, offering accessible explanations of correct punctuation and grammar. His advice on the principles of composition utilizes concrete examples of how to maintain clarity by eliminating redundancy and unnecessary embellishment. In addition, Strunk provides valuable pointers on avoiding common errors in the usage of words and expressions, and in spelling. The great book of its kind, this volume is a must for any student or writer.
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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!