The Elements of Style (2012 Revised NOOK Edition)

The Elements of Style (2012 Revised NOOK Edition)

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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

Overview

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013951655
Publisher:
The Elements of Style Press
Publication date:
01/06/2012
Series:
The Elements of Style by William Strunk , #2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
83,147
File size:
62 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I wish that my professor's had assigned this text in English 101." As do I, considering that even after reading the book, you still don't know the difference between plural and possessive!! If this isn't the very definition of irony, I don't know what is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an english major at my college, and also a grammar nut, so it was more than appropriate that my husband purchased this updated edition for me as a Christmas gift. I love it! I wish that my professor's had assigned this text in English 101. I now recommend this to the students that I tutor in the Writing Lab. The explantions are graceful and so understandable. It makes grammar more approachable. I highly recommend this book. The updated edition is beautiful and actually really funny in the way it is organized. The illustrations are appropriate and helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The wondrous illustrations add so much, er, COLOR to the already colorful text. White's estate was right: nobody else but Ms. Kalman could be trusted to illustrate this perenially useful tome. Now it is perenially gorgeous too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every writer needs this book in their hip pocket or Nook.
sporkdelis More than 1 year ago
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.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
If you have a few more dollars, buy a more recent version--the standard of excellence in writing style--for this original is slimmed down compared to more recent versions by Strunk & White. Either way, The Elements of Style is indispensable, a must-have reference guide for any reader or writer.
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
This book, complete with color illustrations, is a handy reference for any English 101 college student or freelance writer. Any writer will want this book nearby when attempting any writing project. If you're serious about writing well, you need to have a copy for your personal library.
RBHolb More than 1 year ago
When are people going to get over this book?  It is just a collection of rules from decades ago.  It will no more teach you how to write than reading a list of ingredients will teach you how to cook.  There are so many better books out there.  Don't waste your time on this one (even if it is revered by generations).
Queen_Of_Hearts More than 1 year ago
Be Aware. I just received this book and there are several discrepancies between the websites 'overview' & 'product detail'. The 'overview' indicates there is a foreword by Charles Osgood - this was missing from my copy. The 'product details' on the web indicate the publisher was Independent Publishing but my copy was published by Singer; the publication date was listed as 2013 but my copy was 2010; the number of pages indicated was 70 but my copy had 64. The ISBN # on the web does match the ISBN# on the book I received; therefore, B&N cannot replace the book with the one described on their website. Barnes & Noble cannot find any book matching the detailed description on their website.
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I love this book and I would recommend it to anyome who's having trouble with composition or anything to do with writing...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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kwetzsteon More than 1 year ago
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.
Jordana_fletcher More than 1 year ago
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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