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anonymous
 4 years ago
Would anyone here recommend Strunk & White?
http://www.amazon.com/ElementsStyle4thWilliamStrunk/dp/0205313426/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328125601&sr=81spell
anonymous
 4 years ago
Would anyone here recommend Strunk & White? http://www.amazon.com/ElementsStyle4thWilliamStrunk/dp/0205313426/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328125601&sr=81spell

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anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0No! It's vastly overrated. I mean, it's a fun read, and E.B. White is himself a wonderful writer, but it is not the best text for writing by any means. What sorts of reference/tutorial books are you looking for? What have you already got?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I haven't got any real writing references. I just want to write properly and tersely.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I figured that pocketsized book might be of some use.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Go instead for _Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace_ or the briefer _Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace_, by Joseph Williams.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Check out this review of _The Elements of Style_  http://chronicle.com/article/50YearsofStupidGrammar/25497

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Ouch; I thought The Elements of Style was THE reference for folks who need to learn to trim their writing.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Yes, well it is much touted as being that.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Nothing against E.B. White. He is a superb stylist. His own writing ignores much of the advice of the book, which he revised from a book one of his own teachers had written to teach his classes.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I think I shall go for Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (or the Basic version) once I toss strunk and white back to the free bin I found it in.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Well, no, don't toss it away! It has some fun bits. Just don't follow it slavishly. Don't look to it for consistent, precise advice.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Don't use it as your teacher.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0What are the good bits of The Elements of Style?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0It's written in an engaging style. The longer essaylike passages can be fun to read. You might even pick up a few good pointers. Not all of the advice is good. Not all of it is consistent. The treatment overall is not complete. It will not do as a textbook.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I really like its tiny size though; reminds me of the C programming language book, which is not only THE reference for ANSI C, but is also a handy reference book.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Yes, it's a lovely size. :)

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Read Geoffrey Pullman's very excellent review of the book and then see what you think. But do pick up one of the two Williams books and study it.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0If only my high school textbooks were as tiny as strunk and white :(

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Would Strunk and White deserves space in my pocket as a handy reference?

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Read Pullman's review and you decide. You need to understand its biases and limitations if you're to use it well. Otherwise, it will lead you down the wrong path on many points. Or be just plain unhelpful.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Right. I'll check out the reviews for the Clarity and Grace books as well

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I know there are reviews out there, but I can't seem to find them now. You might try this one, from a prof over at Berkeley (he's not in the writing department)  http://www.jbradforddelong.net/econ_articles/reviews/williams.html I can tell you that it is THE book a developmental editor I know uses to teach novice editors how to edit.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I should clarify: he uses the first book, but that's the longer, denser version without exercises. The editorteacher supplies those. For your purposes, you'd want one of the other two.

jagatuba
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft by Janet Burroway is one of my favorite books one writing. It's not pocket sized, but it covers poetry, stort story,and play writing quite well with lots of exercises and tips. It's an easy and entertaining read with lot's of examples from other authors to illustrate the mechanics that are being discussed in the chapters.

anonymous
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0I don't know that one! I'll have to check it out . . .

jagatuba
 4 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0It was my textbook for ENG495.I'm glad I took that course because I likely would have never discovered the book. :)
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