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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In the main I have not tried to foreeord his commands, or modify his pronouncements, or remove the special objects of his scorn.

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 antell into strong light, his lips nibbling each other like nervous horses, his smile shuttling to and fro under a carefully edged mustache. 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.

Roger Angell

Foreaord other projects Wikiquote. Clearly, Will Strunk had foreseen, as far back asthe dangerous tonsillectomy of a prince, in which the surgeon removes the tonsils and the Times copy desk removes the final s.

The original was composed by William Strunk Jr. A textbook required for the course was a slim volume called The Elements of Stylewhose author was the professor himself.

McPhee, John, Published: I treasure The Elements of Style for its sharp advice, but I treasure it even more for the audacity and self-confidence of its author. Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. They learn to trim “used for fuel purposes” down to “used for fuel. Express coordinate ideas in similar form p. The Elements of Style 4th ed. Avoid fancy words p. Use the proper case of pronoun p. Pullum has argued, for example, that the authors misunderstood what constitutes the passive voiceand he criticized their proscription of established and unproblematic English usages, such as the split infinitive and the use of which in a restrictive relative clause.


I’ll tell you right now that every aspiring writer should read The Elements of Style.

Even after I got through tampering with it, it was still a tiny thing, a barely tarnished gem. The Elements of Style 5th ed. Professor Strunk was a positive man. Use definite, specific, concrete language p. First expanded edition Views Read Edit View history.

Add Tag No Tags, Be the first to tag this record! It concentrates on fundamentals: Chapter IV has been refurbished with words and expressions of a recent vintage; four rules of usage have been added to Chapter I.

Some thirty-eight years later, the book bobbed up again in my life when Macmillan commissioned me to revise it for the college market and the general trade. 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: He or Sty,e, in Chapter IV: E-mail is conversation, and it may be replacing the sweet and endless talking we once sustained and tucked away within the informal letter.

Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.

Roger Angell: Foreword

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.

At least I got the elements right. 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.


Several generations of college students learned their grammar from the uninformed bossiness of Strunk and Whiteand the result is a nation of educated people who know they feel vaguely anxious and insecure whenever they write however or than me or was or whichbut can’t tell you why.

Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation p. The Elements of Style.

If you wlements know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! Wikiquote has quotations related to: What should be easy and flowing looks tangled or feeble or overblown — not what was meant at all.

Will Strunk got out of this predicament by a simple trick: Under the remembered sting of his kindly lash, I have or trying to omit needless words sinceand although there are still many words that cry for omission and the huge task will never be accomplished, it stle exciting to me to reread the masterly Strunkian elaboration of this noble theme.

Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas p. Why can’t I get this right? The expression, he says, should be “revised out of every sentence in which it occurs. Use the active voice p. 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 foreaord of faith. 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.