Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Great Reference Tool-The Elements of Style

A great reference, if you haven't already stumbled upon it: "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White. I love it because it's really short but compact and FULL of useful information that every writer should read and keep close to their desk for reference.

Check out the main sections of the book: Elementary Rules of Usage, Elementary Principles of Composition, A Few Matters of Form, Words and Expressions Commonly Misused, and An Approach to Style (With a List of Reminders)...all in a short 95 pages including the glossary.

I've got my copy on my desk next to the Thesaurus and Dictionary for easy access.

3 comments:

translatingberlin.com said...

I would be very wary of Strunk and White. At University we were told to read it only so that we could then bash it in class. You may want to read what some professors and writers have to say about it (in the New York Times) on the 50th Anniversary of Strunk and White. http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/
2009/04/24/happy-birthday-strunk-and-white/

Michelle said...

Thanks I'll check it out.

Michelle said...

Here's another link from the NY Times discussing "The Elements of Style": http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/books/22elem.html?_r=1