Learn to write clear and accurate prose from a master of English style—William Strunk. This little book, originally circulated amongst Strunk’s students at Cornell, has become a desktop stalwart of engineers, managers, students, pastors, and writers of every variety. Strunk’s seven rules of usage and 11 principles of composition have been creating clear communicators for almost a century.
Strunk notes in his introduction, “It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. When they do so, however, the reader will usually find in the sentence some compensating merit, attained at the cost of the violation. Unless he is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow the rules.” No one has stated a clearer or more helpful set of rules than the beloved professor Strunk in The Elements of Style.
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- Provides basic principles for writing clear, accurate English prose
- Includes a list of commonly misspelled words and misused expressions
- Elementary Rules of Usage
- Elementary Principles of Composition
- A Few Matters of Form
- Words and Expressions Commonly Misused
Praise for the Print Edition
Buy it, study it, enjoy it. It's as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility.
—New York Times
No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume.
. . . Should be the daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all.
—Greensboro Daily News
It’s hard to imagine an engineer or a manager who doesn't need to express himself in English prose as part of his job. It's also hard to imagine a writer who will not be improved by a liberal application of The Elements of Style.
—Telephone Engineer & Management
- Title: The Elements of Style
- Author: William Strunk Jr.
- Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company
- Publication Date: 1918
- Pages: 52
- Topic: Preaching Resources
About William Strunk Jr.
William Strunk Jr. (1869–1946) was professor of English at Cornell University, where he taught for 46 years. Strunk read and instructed on a broad range of literature, and compiled critical editions of work ranging from Cynewulf, Shakespeare, Dryden, and James Fenimore Cooper. He also served as a Hollywood literary consultant for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Strunk is best known though, for his “little book” of English usage, The Elements of Style, published privately for his students, which went on to be revised by E.B. White and known colloquially as “Strunk and White.”