Book Review – The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

By | May 31, 2020

Most of us do not like to write. Writing is a skill and not something you are born with. Initially, I did not like to write. I found it cumbersome and even difficult to put my thoughts into writing. Currently, I love to write. Writing has become a means of expression. It is the best way to organize your thoughts and convey meaning.

There are many books on writing and on technical aspects of writing such as punctuations, spelling, etc. There are few books on the design and proper flow of writing. One book stands above all books. It has also been around for awhile. . and E.B. White.

The authors are also writers themselves. E. B. White wrote the classic children’s book, “Charlotte’s Web”. Their principles on the style and proper usage in writing is generally accepted by anyone and everyone (educators, writers, teachers, etc.).

The book, “Elements of Style”, should be one among those books that students and writers should have a replica of. As a student, you will learn principles that will make your essays and papers convey effective meaning (and earn an “A” at the same time). As a writer, you will be able to make your writing flow purposefully and your ideas come across as organized and effective. This is what you want your writing to be.

The English language has its own code. That code includes the way to use punctuations, active tense, composition, expressions, and style. Here are the topics that are covered by this reference book:

  • Elementary rules of usage
    This includes how to properly use parenthesis, commas, colons, dashes, etc. It is also discusses using the proper possessive form, proper use of pronouns, phrases, etc.
  • Elementary principles of composition
    This includes choosing a design in your writing, paragraphs, active voice, statements in positive form, using definitive (rather than useless words), loose sentences, keeping related words together, use of tense, placing emphatic words at end, etc.
  • An Approach to Style
  • a couple of Matters of Form and Words and Expressions Commonly Misused.

This will benefit anyone who needs to write to a wider audience. Unless you want to write in fragmented thoughts or in a haphazard way, then this book is not for you. Otherwise, you’ll need this book, “The Elements of Style”, to be a reference for all of your writing.

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