The Elements of Style (2013 Updated and Revised Edition)

The Elements of Style (2013 Updated and Revised Edition) Summary


The All-Time Bestselling Book on Writing English Newly Edited (Special Apple iBook Edition) BY WILLIAM STRUNK, JUNIOR 

The Elements of Style OVER 10 MILLION COPIES SOLD! (Apple iBook Edition)

Revised and Updated for 2013 by
Chris Hong, Formerly of Harvard University


This book is intended for use in English courses in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature. It aims to give in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style. It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The numbers of the sections may be used as references in correcting manuscript.

The book covers only a small portion of the field of English style, but the experience of its writer has been that once past the essentials, students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work, and that each instructor has his own body of theory, which he prefers to that offered by any textbook.

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. After he has learned, by their guidance, to write plain English adequate for everyday uses, let him look, for the secrets of style, to the study of the masters of literature.


Book Reviews

Dave Personal

Apparently nobody proofread.3 star

One expects a book on writing to be error- free. However, this ebook contains multiple errors that a high school student could spot. The editors should re-read the original print version and apply their learnings to their own craft. Silly.35


A classic, but several typos in this edition.2 star

Please edit.25

Johnny Garlic

Every writer should know this5 star

Every writer should know this book in and out. Good news. The sample version is the entire book so just download the sample and it's all yours even though it will still say sample. This book is in the public domain so anyone charging for it is an opportunist .55

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