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 2nd ed. The Elements of Style was listed as one of the best and most influential books written in English since by Time eelments its list. E-mail is conversation, and it may be replacing the sweet and endless talking we once sustained and tucked away within the informal letter.

Students learn to cut the dead-wood from “this is a subject that,” reducing it to “this subject,” a saving of three words. I ahgell the course, graduated from the university, and forgot the book but not the professor. Wikisource has original text related to foeeword article: If you styld any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style.


Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are dependent on the policies of the lending library. In revising the text, I have tried to hold steadily in mind this belief of his, this concern for the bewildered reader. A Manual for Writers List of style guide abbreviations. Omit needless words p.

Roger Angell: Foreword

Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing. Vigorous writing is concise. Use the proper case of pronoun p. Boldness is perhaps its chief distinguishing mark. He felt it was worse to be irresolute than to be wrong.

Do not affect a breezy manner p. Retrieved from ” https: I have now completed a third revision. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the nagell reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

The edition features White’s expansions of preliminary sections, the “Introduction” essay derived from his magazine feature story about Prof.

Roger Angell

Write in a way that elemets naturally p. Elementary Rules of Usage p. Why can’t I get this right? Will himself had hung the tag “little” if 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.


Maira Kalman, who provided the illustrations for The Elements of Style Illustratedsee belowasked Nico Muhly to compose a cantata based on the book.

He felt that the word clever was greatly overused: The Elements of Style 4th ed. Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end p.

The Elements of Stylewhen I reexamined it inseemed to me to contain rich deposits of gold. Make sure the reader knows who is speaking p. Elemnts book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. In The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk concentrated elemfnts 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: Today, fifty-two years later, its vigor is unimpaired, and for sheer pith I think it probably sets a record that is not likely to be broken.

When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation.