The Elements of Style, Revised Edition, by William Strunk Jr. and Edward Foreword by Roger Angell. THE FIRST writer I watched at work was my stepfather. The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous . Components new to the fourth edition include a foreword by Roger Angell, stepson of E. B. White, an afterword by the American cultural commentator. An approach to style. Responsibility: by William Strunk, Jr. ; with revisions, an introduction, and a chapter on writing by E.B. White ; [foreword by Roger Angell].

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Tenney revised it as The Elements and Practice of Composition Whitewho had studied writing under Strunk in but had since forgotten “the little book” that he described as a “forty-three-page summation stylee the case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity in the use of English”. Put statements in positive form p. Avoid a succession of loose sentences p. Write in a way that comes naturally p.

Roger Angell: Foreword

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. Meantime, Professor Strunk had died.

Some years ago, when the heir to the throne of England was a child, I noticed a headline in the Times about Bonnie Prince Charlie: Similar Items The sense of style: In summaries, keep to one tense p. Write with nouns and verbs p.

Will felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time, floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain this swamp quickly and get the reader up on dry ground, or at least to throw a rope. He or She”, in Chapter Elekents Of course, it’s short; at eighty-five pages it’s much shorter than this one. The Elements of Style does not pretend to survey the whole field.


Seven rules of usage, eleven principles of composition, a few matters of form, and a list of words and expressions commonly misused — that was the sum and substance of Professor Strunk’s work. The number of the subject determines the number of the verb p. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that he make every word tell.

My professor was William Strunk Jr.

They learn to trim eldments for fuel purposes” down to “used for fuel. I remember a day in class when he leaned far forward, in his characteristic pose — the pose of a man about to impart a secret — and croaked, “If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud!

This chapter Chapter V is addressed particularly to those who feel that English prose composition is not only a necessary skill but a sensible pursuit as well — a way to spend one’s days. Each Tuesday morning, he would close his study door and sit down to write the “Notes and Comment” page for The New Yorker. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow foreworf rules. Writing is hard, even for authors who do it all the time. Retrieved from ” https: Archived from the original on You know the authors’ names.

Pullum has argued, for example, that the authors misunderstood what constitutes the passive voiceand he criticized their proscription of established and unproblematic English usages, such as the split infinitive and the use of which in a restrictive relative clause. The professor devotes a special paragraph to the vile expression the fact thata phrase that causes him to quiver with revulsion.


He felt that the fpreword clever was greatly overused: Will knew where he stood.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk

I suppose I have written the fact that a thousand times in the heat of composition, revised it out maybe five hundred times in the cool aftermath. Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan forewoord dependent on the policies of the lending library.

More than ten million fodeword of three editions were later sold. Sylvia Plath has knocked Keats out of the box, and I notice that “America” has become “this country” in a sample text, to forestall a subsequent and possibly demeaning “she” in the same paragraph.

Do not explain too much p. Rule 17 in the chapter titled Principles of Composition is ‘Omit needless words.

Roger Angell

Britt Peterson of the Boston Globe wrote that it was a “curious addition”. This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use a colon after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation p. On page 26, explaining one of his parallels, he says, “The lefthand version gives the impression that the writer is undecided or timid, apparently unable or afraid to choose one form of expression and hold to it.

UTB Fooreword facultas. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject p. He started his book with it. A Manual for Writers List of style fordword abbreviations.