Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Elements of Style (William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White)

The Elements of Style
William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Allyn and Bacon
Nonfiction, Writing
****+ (Good/Great)

DESCRIPTION: In writing, clarity is everything. But how can one achieve it? This handbook explains the basic rules of English writing, with notes on composition and style.

REVIEW: A classic in writing circles, be it fiction or nonfiction, this handy volume has withstood the test of time. The language evolves, and fashions come and go, but the basic rules of clear writing remain the same. The simple layout is easy to digest, though it would take multiple readings to truly absorb all of the advice. In a world all too ready to add apostrophes to plural nouns and invent catchy buzzwords at the drop of a proverbial hat, reminders like this volume become all the more vital.

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