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The Elements of Style


An invaluable reference book for writers, whether student or professional


Audience All English students; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge II
Accessibility Students can use this text independently
Preparation None
Ease of use Very easy to read and well organized
Author William Strunk and E. B. White
Page Count 105
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1999 (fourth edition)

General Description

A fundamental resource for writers, editors, and students since 1959, the slim volume known simply as “Strunk & White” distills the combined wisdom of Cornell University English professor William Strunk Jr. and legendary New Yorker writer E. B. White. Though there are other books on the market that delve more deeply into matters of grammar and style, this is the best single source for anyone who desires a pithy, lively guide to the essentials of effective writing. In prose that is itself a paragon of clarity, the authors indicate how to apply the basic principles of grammar and punctuation, how to properly construct a sentence and a paragraph, how to use words and expressions in their proper form and context, and how to avoid the mistakes and mannerisms that make for turgid, pretentious, or simply unintelligible writing.

Even professionals who have achieved expertise in the art of written communication will want The Elements of Style nearby at all times for support and inspiration. A new Foreword by Charles Osgood reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.