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A great guide,
This review is from: The Elements of Style (Paperback)
I first encountered Strunk and White's 'Elements of Style' when I was an undergraduate, and I have been a fan of this book ever sense. Perhaps it is because of the excellent teamwork that is apparent on the pages between the master of language, William Strunk, and the master of narrative, E.B. White. How can you go wrong learning grammar from the likes of the author of such wonderful tales as Stuart Little?
During my English composition class as an undergraduate, we had to read this book twice, once at the beginning of the term, and again at the end. I have since referred to the pages so often that I am on my fourth or fifth copy, as the binding and pages have worn out from use. Long before books such as 'Woe is I' or 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves', this book, 'The Elements of Style' has held a certain pride of place in being useful, accessible and interesting in its presentation of a traditionally and typically boring subject - grammar and usage.
Among the pieces I re-read on a frequent basis is the list of commonly misused or abused words and phrases. Here is a list of easily corrected mistakes that the typical writer and speaker needs to keep in mind. Also, the suggestions for composition are gentle reminders that creativity and good craftsmanship need not be contradictory.
This is a wonderful gift and wonderful treat for oneself.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2010 11:04:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2010 11:06:34 BDT
Dr. H. Bernard-Smith says:
Many thanks for a good review - but 'on a frequent basis' = 'frequently'. As Strunk and White say: avoid needless words. (Sorry, but I couldn't resist it.) With kindest regards...
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2010 01:28:56 BDT
Sam Malone says:
Doc, when you have nothing good to say....: )
Posted on 18 Apr 2012 10:57:53 BDT
Seems that the authors of this book were often unable to follow their own advice.
Take a look at : http://chronicle.com/article/50-Years-of-
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