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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The Elements of Style First expanded edition Do not overstate p. Each rule or principle is followed by a short hortatory essay, and usually the exhortation is followed by, or interlarded with, examples in parallel columns — the true vs. In summaries, keep to one tense p.

Table of Contents Foreword p. Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation p.

The task was familiar to him — he was required to file a few hundred words of editorial or personal commentary on some topic in or out of the news that week — but the sounds of his typewriter from his room came in hesitant bursts, with long silences in between.

Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing. Do not affect a breezy manner p.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

Angelll Chronicle of Higher Education. In revising the text, I have tried to hold steadily in mind this belief of his, this concern for the bewildered reader. Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write the “Notes and Comment” page for The New Yorker.


Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity p. Do not construct forewofd adverbs p. Do not use dialect unless your ear is good p. See also gender-specific pronouns. It is encouraging to see how perfectly a book, even a dusty rule book, perpetuates and extends the spirit of a man. Use definite, specific, concrete language p.

Roger Angell: Foreword

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 were putting a spin on a ball. The Elements of Style was listed as one of the best and most influential books written in English angeol by Time in its list.

Avoid a succession of loose sentences p. The Elements of Style 2nd ed. To be batting only.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk – Free Ebook

Place yourself in the background p. It was Will Strunk’s parvum opushis attempt to cut the vast tangle of English rhetoric down to size and write its rules and principles on the head of a pin.

If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! A Manual for Writers List of style guide abbreviations. He felt it was worse to be irresolute than to be wrong. In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last p.

When the new issue of The New Angel turned up in Maine, I sometimes saw him reading his “Comment” piece over to himself, e,ements only a slightly different expression than the one he’d worn on the day it went off. Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe wrote that it was a “curious addition”. Put statements in positive form p. Inat The New Yorkerthe style guide reached the attention of E. I have tried, instead, to preserve the flavor of his discontent while slightly enlarging the scope of the discussion.

The number of the subject determines the number of the verb p.

His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver with revulsion. How simple they look, set down here in White’s last chapter: 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.


It concentrates on fundamentals: From every line there peers out at me the puckish face of my professor, his short hair parted neatly in the middle and combed down over his forehead, his eyes blinking incessantly behind steel-rimmed spectacles as though he had just emerged into strong light, his lips nibbling each other like nervous horses, his smile shuttling wngell and fro under a carefully edged mustache.

Roger Angell

Whitewho had studied writing under Strunk in but had since forgotten “the little book” that he described as a ov summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English”. They are the way. Express coordinate ideas in similar form p. White knew that a compendium of specific tips — about singular and plural verbs, parentheses, the “that” — “which” scuffle, and many others — could clear up a recalcitrant sentence or subclause when quickly reconsulted, and that the larger principles needed to be kept in plain sight, like a wall sampler.

The third edition of The Elements of Style features 54 points: Tenney revised it as The Elements and Practice of Composition When the copy went off at last, in the afternoon RFD pouch — we were in Maine, a day’s mail away from New Angll — he rarely seemed satisfied.

Write in a way that comes naturally p.