The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style

by William Strunk, E. B. White

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Overview

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is a prescriptive American English writing style guide comprising seven "elementary rules of usage", eleven "elementary principles of composition", "a few matters of form", a list of sixty-two "words and expressions commonly misused", and a list of sixty-five "words often misspelled". In 2011, TIME magazine listed THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151404273
Publisher: Crane Books LLC
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Series: Edition , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 212,894
File size: 207 KB

Customer Reviews

The Elements of Style 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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).
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a classic guide to clarity in writing. Strunk and White steer a course towards clean, lean writing that clearly communicates its purpose. While little or nothing in the book seems wrong, it fails only in that it is not extensive enough.
nocturnish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're only going to buy one writing reference book, this is the one you want. It's the bedrock upon which clear, understandable prose is based.
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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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