- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Merriam-Webster; Rev Sub edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087779622X
- ISBN-13: 978-0877796220
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If The Chicago Manual of Style is a little too expensive or unwieldy, or your needs are not quite so detail-oriented, this manual makes for a nice alternative. It's not a book about writing; it is a style guide, starting with punctuation, capitals, and abbreviations and culminating in typography, printing, and binding. Sandwiched between are chapters on preparing scientific material for publication, dealing with foreign-language extracts, and creating tables and graphs. Footnotes, bibliographies, indexes, and the editing process also get their due. A much-revised edition of Webster's Standard American Style Manual, this is a great resource for students, writers, and professionals alike. --Jane Steinberg
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Since 1937. Merriam-Webster is America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works. The company publishes a diverse array of print and electronic products, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition – America's best-selling desk dictionary – and Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster can be considered the direct lexicographical heir of Noah Webster. In 1843, the company bought the rights to the 1841 edition of Webster's magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Corrected and Enlarged. At the same time, they secured the rights to create revised editions of the work. Since that time, Merriam-Webster editors have carried forward Noah Webster's work, creating some of the most widely used and respected dictionaries and reference books in the world.
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Although my copy of the revised edition of "Merriam Webster's Manual for Writers & Editors" is dated I found the fundamental principles are still representative of standards applicable for today's writer. I keep my copy handy on my shelf of writing resources, for handy reference.
They put it right on their reference book shelf and have used it a number of times.
This book contains details easy to find and easy to read.
I am glad that they point out it is for writers as well as editors. This book will help students and people writing anything more than a casual note to format, punctuate, and organize their writing for better clarity and understanding. Yes, proofreaders and editors have more use for the special markings and some of the more subtle points in the manual, but there is a lot on seemingly little things like capitals, italics, plurals, possessives, compounds, abbreviations, mathematical and scientific notation, quotations, foreign languages, tables, illustrations, footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, indexes and more.
This book is compactly designed and it is very easy to find what you are looking for. Everything is concisely explained and demonstrated when needed.
This is a fabulous reference for anyone's shelf.
Highly recommend to any author, regardless of level of experience. It has something for everyone.