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THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (UPDATED AND REVISED 2013 EDITION)

The All-Time Bestselling Book on Writing English Newly Edited (Special Nook Edition) BY WILLIAM STRUNK, JUNIOR

The Elements of Style OVER 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD! (NOOKbook)

Revised and Updated for 2013 by
Chris Hong, Formerly of Harvard University


OVERVIEW

This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript.

The book covers only a small portion of the field of English style, but the experience of its writer has been that once past the essentials, students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work, and that each instructor has his own body of theory, which he prefers to that offered by any textbook.

It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules. After he has learned, by their guidance, to write plain English adequate for everyday uses, let him look, for the secrets of style, to the study of the masters of literature.

NOW UPDATED AND REVISED FOR 2013
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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker - E. B. White
A little book that is ... a summation of the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English
Time Magazine
One of the 100 best and most influential books written in English
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013951655
  • Publisher: The Elements of Style Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Series: The Elements of Style by William Strunk , #2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 93,237
  • File size: 61 KB

Meet the Author

William Strunk Jr. (1 July 1869, Cincinnati, Ohio – 26 September 1946, Poughkeepsie, New York) was an American writer, Professor of English at Cornell University, and author of the first editions of The Elements of Style (1918) a writing guide to English usage.

He privately published The Elements of Style for the use of his students, in the course of which it acquired “the little book” sobriquet. English Metres (1922) was Strunk’s other published book, which, like The Elements of Style, he also privately published.

In the introduction to the first edition of The Elements of Style (1918), Strunk said that “it aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention . . . on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.” In 1935, Strunk and Edward A. Tenney revised, retitled, and published the 1918 edition as The Elements and Practice of Composition (1935). In the late 1950s, the writer E. B. White, an editor at The New Yorker magazine, and a former student of Strunk, revised the 1935 edition as The Elements of Style (1959), which edition is colloquially referred to as Strunk & White.
Strunk earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890, and a doctorate at Cornell University in 1896. He taught English at Cornell University for forty-six years, and, besides his books, was better known as an editor of works by William Shakespeare, John Dryden and James Fenimore Cooper. In 1936, he was the literary consultant for the Romeo and Juliet (1936) film version by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio. In 1900, Strunk married Olivia Emilie Locke, with whom he had three children.
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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    No E.B. White Section

    This book DOES NOT include the addendum by E.B. White, "An Approach to Style," even though the description includes it in the contents listing.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    Does not include the Approach to Style section

    I should have had a closer look at the contents. It's a handy guide to have with you always. I was hoping to replace my paperback copy but that will remain on my bookshelf. This is only Strunk's section. The original basic "little book". It is still a very useful guide.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    What Edition is this?

    This book was originally published a gazillion years ago. B&N needs to provide complete publication information, including such really important things as the Edition number. Publication date does not really tell one anything as it could be a reprinting or the date a really old book was published as an eBook.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    bad scan

    The Elements of Style is a "must" for writers. It is informative, highly readable, and witty.
    This scan is a major disappointment. Entire words and lines are missing, and there are misspellings galore. All this adds up to frustration and confusion. Explore paid options, or buy the book -- as a book.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Great book. Pathetic excuse for a sample.

    At $3.99 this is staple of the writer's toolkit is undoubtedly a necessity. I've probablty replaced it twice in my years of writing, classes, etc. I was, however, incredibly underwhelned at the paltry, completely worthless sample that was offered up, especially for the newcomer... A table of contents, an intro, and a few pages does not a sample make, gentlemen.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    A Classic

    Every writer needs this book in their hip pocket or Nook.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Don't get the free version. Much better

    Really just the basics of puntuation and writing structure. I've already learned something I mess up all the time... or at least I suspect that I do. Very easy to understand, doesn't have the typos that the project gutenberg version has, and you don't need the more modern examples from the 2011 version. Punctuation doesn't change whether you're talking about the beetles or vaudeville. This version says it's 2010, so if there were any changes last year theres probably no one following them yet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    greta book - awful scan

    I know the book and is great, but this B&N scans are awful. better get it somewhere else

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    A classic must have

    This is the best book ever on writing. It remains at the top for a reason. Wonderful for everybody, not just teachers and students. I have both print and Nook editions of this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Great!

    I love this book and I would recommend it to anyome who's having trouble with composition or anything to do with writing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Cannot read any of the small type

    Lots of examples..cannot read any of them...even with magnifying glass or moving to grossly enlarged type. This is disappointing.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    For every writer out there

    This little book is a must. Short and sweet it recaps common grammar and all punctuation in an easy to understand and apply format. The author makes it a fun read as well using humor and sarcasm to ease writers. I love the chapters on brevity in writing.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Greatest learning tool available

    Years ago an English writing teacher required this book as part of her basic curriculum and it changed my life. This small book took my writting from poor to outstanding in a matter of weeks. I recommend this short guide to anyone who needs to write a sentence for any reason.

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    Posted December 23, 2012

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