Friday, April 17, 2009

The Elments of Style Turns 50

The Elements of Style turns Fifty

The Elements of Style, the definitive writing guide by E.B. White and William Strunk Jr., turned 50 on Thursday, April 16, 2009.

From the introduction - "The Elements of Style" was Will Strunk's parvum opus, his attempt to cut the vast tangle of English rhetoric down to size and write its rules and principles on the head of a pin. Will himself hung the title "little" on the book: he referred to it sardonically and with secret pride as "the little book," always giving the word "little" a special twist, as though he were putting a spin on a ball."

These are the rules of English summed up, distilled and...continue.

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