The Elements of Style . . . Online

This is the 1918 edition by William Strunk, Jr. – before Strunk and White happened.

From the Utne Reader in 2009:

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If you love an old fashioned grammarian throw down, we’ve got a good one for you. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style and  Geoffrey K. Pullum isn’t celebrating.  In a delightfully vitriolic essay for The Chronicle Review, Pullum complains that the tiny guide “does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students’ grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.”

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Read the whole article from the Utne Reader.


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