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  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 16th edition edition (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226104206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226104201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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“[The sixteenth edition] is nothing if not acutely digitally aware. . . . Efficient, intuitive navigation and searching are the hallmark of CMS 16 online.”—Charles M. Levine, "Copyediting
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--Charles M. Levin"Copyediting" (10/01/2010)

“Bound, famously, in orange and thicker with each new edition, the 104-year-old reference classic has kept watch over the publication of hundreds of great books and thousands of not-so-great ones, an arbiter and aide-de-camp for editors trying to decide how to handle items in a list, punctuation within quotes or, these days, the proper hexadecimal code for the German double low-9 quotation mark (201E, as you probably suspected).”—Steve Johnson, "Chicago Tribune

"--Steve Johnson"Chicago Tribune" (09/01/2010)

“This iteration has a jacket the calming shade of a robin''s egg or one of those old Mac screens, and you can imagine a weary copy editor cooling her tired brow against it. It has about a hundred more pages than the fourteenth and a crisper font.”—Ed Park, "Bookforum"

--Ed Park"Bookforum" (11/15/2010)

“"CMS" is marked by unfaltering good sense; and a good index and numbered paragraphs make it easily navigable. . . . Such is the book’s scope that it addresses itself to everything from the most straightforward conventions of layout . . . to submission requirements for authors and broader concerns such as editorial judgment.”—Catharine Morris, "Time Literary Supplement"


--Catharine Morris"Times Literary Supplement" (11/12/2010)

"The 16th edition has been restructured for digital publishing, making it more relevant, and has stopped waffling on many rules, making it easier to use. If you already use CMS, I'd strongly urge you to update to the 16th edition. It's not a small update, and it just may resolve many of the issues you've been dealing with."--"The Writing Resource
"""--Erin Brenner"The Writing Resource" (09/02/2010)

"Bound, famously, in orange and thicker with each new edition, the 104-year-old reference classic has kept watch over the publication of hundreds of great books and thousands of not-so-great ones, an arbiter and aide-de-camp for editors trying to decide how to handle items in a list, punctuation within quotes or, these days, the proper hexadecimal code for the German double low-9 quotation mark (201E, as you probably suspected)."--Steve Johnson "Chicago Tribune "

"For over one hundred years, "The Chicago Manual of Style" has been setting and defending stylistic standards. In a world where we often communicate with just our thumbs and publish our thoughts from 30,000 feet in the air, we need something to ground us, to solve the little problems, to give us answers we never knew we needed, and to make us beam (or scream) with solutions to the dilemma of the omitted antecedent of a relative pronoun."
--Stranger "Seattle "

""CMS" is marked by unfaltering good sense; and a good index and numbered paragraphs make it easily navigable. . . . Such is the book's scope that it addresses itself to everything from the most straightforward conventions of layout . . . to submission requirements for authors and broader concerns such as editorial judgment."
--Catharine Morris "Times Literary Supplement "

"[The sixteenth edition] is nothing if not acutely digitally aware. . . . Efficient, intuitive navigation and searching are the hallmark of CMS 16 online."
--Charles M. Levin "Copyediting "

"This iteration has a jacket the calming shade of a robin's egg or one of those old Mac screens, and you can imagine a weary copy editor cooling her tired brow against it. It has about a hundred more pages than the fourteenth and a crisper font."
--Ed Park "Bookforum "

Bound, famously, in orange and thicker with each new edition, the 104-year-old reference classic has kept watch over the publication of hundreds of great books and thousands of not-so-great ones, an arbiter and aide-de-camp for editors trying to decide how to handle items in a list, punctuation within quotes or, these days, the proper hexadecimal code for the German double low-9 quotation mark (201E, as you probably suspected). --Steve Johnson "Chicago Tribune ""

"CMS" is marked by unfaltering good sense; and a good index and numbered paragraphs make it easily navigable. . . . Such is the book s scope that it addresses itself to everything from the most straightforward conventions of layout . . . to submission requirements for authors and broader concerns such as editorial judgment.
--Catharine Morris "Times Literary Supplement ""

[The sixteenth edition] is nothing if not acutely digitally aware. . . . Efficient, intuitive navigation and searching are the hallmark of CMS 16 online.
--Charles M. Levin "Copyediting ""

This iteration has a jacket the calming shade of a robin's egg or one of those old Mac screens, and you can imagine a weary copy editor cooling her tired brow against it. It has about a hundred more pages than the fourteenth and a crisper font.
--Ed Park "Bookforum ""

About the Author

Richard Stern is the Helen Regenstein Emeritus Professor of English and of the Humanities at the University of Chicago and the author of nineteen words of fiction and nonfiction. His novels include "A Father's Words" and "Golk," both published by the University of Chicago Press, and, most recently, "Pacific Tremors,"


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No self-respecting copyeditor would be without this manual - especially as it is the usual style guide for most publishers. While we may not always agree 100% with some of the rules, we still need to respect them. This is an absolute necessity - and it is clearly written.
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I have several style guides for reference during translation work. This one is rapidly becoming my favourite ... which surprises me given how irritated I often am by some American (ab)use of English. Its main competition is the New Oxford Style Manual, which is authoritative, if a little "old school". Of the two I consider this book better when writing in English for a modern global audience.
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As an English Author I have to say I prefer The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and Hart Rules - however this book is comprehensive and has everything you need for consistent style and American English.
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This is a must-have for anyone who is editing work for the American market, and who needs to know how Americans prefer puntuation, spelling etc. Everything you'll need to know is in here regarding the correct way of doing things. Any proofreader or editor will come across something that needs clarifying and will find the help given here really invaluable. I can't do without this book.
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If you are writing US English you'll need this as much as sharp pencils (or the equivalent in keyboard and text editing software) and a serious dictionary - Chicago recommends both the oldish Websters "3rd new international" and their "Collegiate" (my preference). While you're at it, I recommend you let the ultra thin "Elements of Style" by Strunk & White drop into the basket a well: I carry mine with me!
Do not hesitate: Buy the "Chicago".
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I work as a proofreader and simply could not work properly without this book at hand. There is so much in it yet it never seems difficult to find an answer to anything. Absolutely essential if working with material that requires adherence to the finer points of difference between American and British English.
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This is an extremely useful manual for writers, editors, and students using Chicago style. I first had the 30 day trial for the online version of the manual and though it wasn't bad I thought the hard copy would be more useful and easier to navigate. I was not wrong. The only negative comment I would make is that the book arrived with slightly dented pages. Not really a problem, but considering the price it was a bit unfortunate. Otherwise, very speedy and prompt delivery, as always.
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There is much to learn. I need the CMS to know what I do wrong by some accepted standard, or to check how things should be formed nowadays, as standards and rules slowly change. I hope the 16h ed. will appear as a CD soon at an affordable price too.
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