The Elements of Style William Strunk - The Elements of Style is a prescriptive American English writing style guide in numerous editions, originally composed by William Strunk Jr. in 1918. It comprises elementary rules of usage, elementary principles of composition, a few matters of form, a list of words and expressions commonly misused, and a list of words often misspelled.Time and again people fall in love with good writers. Words are powerfully seductive. A unique combination of them can be the key to someones heart.Elements of Style, by William Strunk, is a stable cornerstone on which to build your writing skills. Written in the storied hallways of Cornell University, the guide has been read and examined by thousands of eager eyes.Elements of Style has grown to become the American English writing style guide often required in U.S. high school and university composition classes. It includes: 8 rules of usage 10 principles of composition List of commonly misused words and expressions and a few matters of formIn addition, this new updated edition includes chapters on: Texting Style Emailing StyleThis elegantly typeset edition is the most relevant one for todays good writers.
William Strunk Jr. was a professor of English at Cornell University and, together with E.B. White, author of The Elements of Style (1918).Strunk was born and reared in Cincinnati, Ohio, the eldest of the four surviving children of William and Ella Garretson Strunk. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1890 and a PhD at Cornell University in 1896. He spent the academic year 189899 at the Sorbonne and the Collège de France, where he studied morphology and philology.Strunk first taught mathematics at Rose Polytechnical Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana in 189091. He then taught English at Cornell for 46 years, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, disdaining specialization and becoming an expert in both classical and non-English literature. In 1922 he published English Metres, a study of poetic metrical form, and he compiled critical editions of Cynewulf's Juliana, several works of Dryden, James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, and several Shakespearean plays. Strunk was also active in a gathering known as the Manuscript Club, an "informal Saturday-night gathering of students and professors interested in writing," where he met "a sensitive and deeply thoughtful young man named Elwyn Brooks White."In 193536, Strunk enjoyed serving as the literary consultant for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Romeo and Juliet (1936). In the studio he was known as "the professor," in part because, with his three-piece suit and wire-rim spectacles, he "looked as though he'd been delivered to the set from MGM's casting department."In 1918, Strunk privately published The Elements of Style for the use of his Cornell students, who gave it its nickname, "the little book." Strunk intended the guide "to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention ... on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated." In 1935, Strunk and Edward A. Tenney revised and published the guide as The Elements and Practice of Composition (1935).
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