The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].
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E-mail is conversation, and it may be replacing the sweet and endless talking we once sustained and tucked away within the informal letter. Fresh examples have been added to some of the rules and principles, amplification has reared its head in a few places in the text where I felt an assault could successfully be made on the bastions of its brevity, and in general the book has received a thorough overhaul — to correct errors, delete bewhiskered entries, and enliven the argument.
I am told that the News editor was so charmed by the visit, if not by the word, that he ordered the student body buried, never to rise again. anngell
Elementary Principles of Composition p. There you have a short, valuable essay on the nature and beauty of brevity — fifty-nine words that could change the world. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell. Macmillan and Company subsequently commissioned White to revise The Elements for a edition Strunk had died in In The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk concentrated on specific questions of usage—and the cultivation of good writing—with the recommendation “Make every word tell”; hence the 17th principle of composition is the simple instruction: Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and Whiteand the result is a nation of educated people angelll know forewore feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or whichbut can’t tell you why.
See also “prescriptivist poppycock” tag: I have now completed a third revision. Unless he is certain of doing anggell well, he will probably do best to follow the rules. Weeks later, White wrote a feature foreqord about Strunk’s devotion to lucid English prose. S7 Strunk  PE I commend Rule 1 to the Timesand I trust that Charles’s throat, not Charles’ throat, is in fine shape today. The information below is included forewogd your interlibrary loan request.
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Somewhat audaciously, and in an attempt to give my publisher his money’s worth, I added a chapter called “An Approach to Style,” setting forth my own prejudices, my notions of error, my articles of faith. They learn to trim “used for fuel purposes” down to “used for fuel. Maira Kalman, who provided the illustrations for The Elements of Style Illustratedsee belowasked Nico Muhly to compose a cantata based on the book. Five years later, the fourth edition text was re-published as The Elements of Style Illustratedwith illustrations by the designer Maira Kalman.
Use the active voice p. They help — they really do. Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. The fourth edition of The Elements of Stylepublished 54 years after Strunk’s death, omits his stylistic advice about masculine pronouns: Summoned at last for lunch, he was silent and preoccupied, and soon excused himself to get back to the job.
Will himself had hung the tag “little” on the book; he referred to it sardonically and with secret pride as “the little book,” always giving the word “little” a special twist, as though he slements putting a spin on a ball. Less frequent practitioners — the job applicant; the business executive with an annual report to get out; the high school senior with a Faulkner assignment; the graduate-school student with her thesis proposal; the writer of a letter of condolence — often get stuck in an awkward passage or find a muddle on their screens, and then blame themselves.
His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. This chapter Chapter V is addressed particularly to those who feel aangell English prose composition is not only a necessary skill but a sensible pursuit as well — a way to spend one’s days. When the copy went off at last, in the afternoon RFD pouch — we were in Maine, a day’s mail away from New York — he rarely seemed satisfied. He had a number of likes and dislikes that were almost as whimsical as the choice of a necktie, yet he made them seem utterly convincing.
Will Strunk loved the clear, the brief, the bold, and his book is clear, brief, bold. What is not here is anything about E-mail — the rules-free, lower-case flow that cheerfully keeps us in touch these days. But we are all writers and readers as well as communicators, with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves as White put it with the clear and almost perfect thought.
The edition features White’s expansions of preliminary sections, the “Introduction” essay derived from his magazine feature story about Prof. The Elements of Style does not pretend to survey the whole field. Students learn to cut the dead-wood from “this is a subject that,” reducing it to elementa subject,” a saving of three words. In other projects Wikiquote.
The reader will etyle discover that these rules and principles are in the form of sharp commands, Sergeant Strunk snapping orders to his platoon. Place a comma before a sttyle introducing an independent clause p. Do not overstate p. Place yourself in the background p. Avoid the use of qualifiers p. Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. Harcourt republished it in page format in Sylvia Plath has knocked Keats out of the box, and I notice that “America” has become “this country” in a sample text, to forestall a subsequent and possibly demeaning “she” in the same paragraph.