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"So friendly, so classic, so delightful . . . Kalman has taken 'the little book' and made it even more elegant and uplifting."
-Los Angeles Times

"While The Elements of Style has never lacked fans or dutiful adherents, appreciation for this slim volume has taken a turn toward the whimsical and even surreal."
-The New York Times

"The pictures are playful and subtle, which suits the spirit of this beloved bestseller."
-USA Today -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.


You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. And now The Elements of Style--the most widely read and employed English style manual--is available in a specially bound 50th Anniversary Edition that offers the title's vast audience an opportunity to own a more durable and elegantly bound edition of this time-tested classic. Offering the same content as the Fourth Edition, revised in 1999, the new casebound 50th Anniversary Edition includes a brief overview of the book's illustrious history. Used extensively by individual writers as well as high school and college students of writing, it has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. This new deluxe edition makes the perfect gift for writers of any age and ability level. Fifty Years of Acclaim for The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White "I first read Elements of Style during the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that' and 'which.' It is the Bible for good, clear writing." -- Henry Louis Gates Jr."For writers of all kinds and sizes the world begins and ends with Strunk and White's Elements of Style.

Only something to actually write about trumps the list of what is required to put words together in some kind of coherent way. I treasure its presence in my life and salute its fifty years of glory and accomplishment." -- Jim Lehrer "The Elements of Style remains an unwavering beacon of light in these grammatically troubled times. I would be lost without it." -- Ann Patchett "To the extent I know how to write clearly at all, I probably taught myself while I was teaching others -- seventh graders, in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. I taught them with a copy of Strunk & White lying in full view on my desk, sort of in the way the Gideons leave Bibles in cheap hotel rooms, as a way of saying to the hapless inhabitant: 'In case your reckless ways should strand you here, there's help.' S&W doesn't really teach you how to write, it just tantalizingly reminds you that there's an orderly way to go about it, that clarity's ever your ideal, but -- really -- it's all going to be up to you." -- Richard Ford "The Elements of Style never seems to go out of date.Its counsel is sound and funny, wise and unpretentious.

And while its precepts are a foundation of direct communication, Strunk and White do not insist on a way of writing beyond clear expression. The rest is up to the imagination, the intelligence within." -- David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker "It's the toughness--the irreverence and implicit laughter--that attracted me to the little book when I was seventeen. I fell in love with Strunk & White's loathing for cant and bloviation, the ruthless cutting of crap, jargon, and extra words. For me, that skeptical directness included a tacit permission by The Elements of Style to break its rules on occasion: an alloy of generosity in the blade, a grace I still admire and still learn from." -- Robert Pinsky "In the quest for clarity, one can have no better guides than Strunk and White. For me, their book has been invaluable and remains essential." -- Dan Rather "Eschew surplusage! A perfect book."--Jonathan Lethem "Not until I started teaching writing and I reread The Elements of Style did I realize that most everything I would be teaching young writers, and everything I would be learning myself as a writer, was contained between the covers of this slim, elegant, wise little book.

" -- Julia Alvarez "Strunk and White seared their way into my brain long ago, and I benefit from them daily." -- Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics "Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be 'clear, brief, bold.' I dip back into The Elements of Style and am refreshed. After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word 'e-mail' needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, 'Are you a drunken white man?' Those listeners misheard. 'Strunk and White man' was what Scott said." -- Roy Blount Jr."Strunk & White--writing's good-natured law firm--still contains enough sparkling good sense to clean up the whole bloviating blogosphere." -- Thomas Mallon "I used Strunk -- that's what we called it, Strunk -- as a student at Berkeley fifty years ago. I didn't know that it was new, and that we were the first generation to be educated in The Elements of Style.

I got a firm foundation in the English language, learned to write basically, and could depict the realistic world. Then I was able to become an impressionist and expressionist." -- Maxine Hong Kingston "Strunk and White's gigantic little book must be the most readable advice on writing ever written. Side by side with Roget, Shakespeare, the Bible, and a dictionary, it's an essential for every writer's shelf." -- X.J. Kennedy "With what joy I welcome the fiftieth anniversary of The Elements of Style. I am greatly indebted to this book for the invaluable help it has given me all these years." -- Horton Foote "Elegant, droll, and perfectly proportioned, and like your favorite aunt, strict but affectionate. And, like your favorite aunt, full of optimism: You can, and will, be a better writer!There has never been a better, briefer, or more loved book about the art and craft of communicating." -- Susan Orlean "This book is an essential tool. It has been of great use to me and is probably responsible for my best writing. I owe my success to Strunk and White; only the mistakes are mine." -- Ben Affleck, in O, the Oprah Magazine "This book is a wonderful example of teaching by example.

Not only does it recommend clear and concise writing, it demonstrates it. Written in the style of a friend offering help, it is a godsend to anyone wanting to put words on paper. Thank you, Messieurs Strunk and White. And Happy Anniversary, Elements of Style." -- S.E. Hinton "When I began to have ...I wouldn't say arguments but conversations in my mind with Strunk and White about a few of their rules and principles, I knew I was coming into my own. If only they were still here to talk things over! No doubt their side of the exchange would be kindly put, well-informed, and wise. They'd probably help me with my side of it. What more could one want from writers reaching out to help other writers?"-- Barbara Wallraff, language columnist for The Atlantic "I don't believe there is a serious writer alive who doesn't have a worn copy of 'Strunk & White'on his or her bookshelf." -- Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing "This little book has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to write better -- partly by precept and partly by example. It continues to influence more writers than any other.

It's a force for good in the world." -- Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner's Modern American Usage "I can think of no better guide to good writing, and I always think of this little classic with a warm heart. More importantly, I revisit its pages often. It's the one essential book on writing." -- Jay Parini, author of Why Poetry Matters "Clarity and simplicity have always been the goals, and this book shows the way. It has always been a lighthouse in the dark and stormy night of student prose, of all of our prose." -- Ron Carlson "The only rules you are ever going to get from me are all in Strunk and White." --Ursula K.Le Guin, from Steering the Craft "[The Elements of Style is] a book to which I return from time to time, the way I periodically reread Shakespeare. I always discover something new, settle a question that has been puzzling me, or learn a principle of usage that I have been pretending to know, a pretense that has resulted in inconsistency and in the sort of errors from which I can only pray some saintly copy editor will save me." -- Francine Prose, from ReadingLike A Writer "!still a little book, small enough and important enough to carry in your pocket, as I carry mine.

" -- Charles Osgood "Almost every writer has a Strunk and White story. One journalism professor spends the first two weeks of school forcing his students to memorize the book. A top editor at a major paper buys copies at yard sales to distribute to her writers and interns. It has even caused love affairs...Could its greatness be any more clear?" -- Jesse Sheidlower, American Editor of the OxfordEnglish Dictionary, on NPR "If the English language is one of the finest homes ever devised for the human spirit, Elements is the best guided house tour we've got." --David Gelernter, The Wall Street Journal "!Should be the daily companion of anyone who writes for a living and, for that matter, anyone who writes at all." --Jonathan Yardley,Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News "No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume." -- Herbert A. Kenny, The Boston Globe "Buy it, study it, enjoy it. It's as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility."

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Format: Taschenbuch
I first encountered Strunk and White's 'Elements of Style' when I was an undergraduate, and I have been a fan of this book ever sense. Perhaps it is because of the excellent teamwork that is apparent on the pages between the master of language, William Strunk, and the master of narrative, E.B. White. How can you go wrong learning grammar from the likes of the author of such wonderful tales as Stuart Little?
During my English composition class as an undergraduate, we had to read this book twice, once at the beginning of the term, and again at the end. I have since referred to the pages so often that I am on my fourth or fifth copy, as the binding and pages have worn out from use. Long before books such as 'Woe is I' or 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves', this book, 'The Elements of Style' has held a certain pride of place in being useful, accessible and interesting in its presentation of a traditionally and typically boring subject - grammar and usage.
Among the pieces I re-read on a frequent basis is the list of commonly misused or abused words and phrases. Here is a list of easily corrected mistakes that the typical writer and speaker needs to keep in mind. Also, the suggestions for composition are gentle reminders that creativity and good craftsmanship need not be contradictory.
This is a wonderful gift and wonderful treat for oneself.
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"The Elements of Style" ist ein kurzes, prägnant formuliertes Buch, das dem Leser die Feinheiten des Schreibens näherbringen möchte. Neben einfachen Regeln, die von der eigentlichen Formulierung ("Use the active voice") bis hin zur Kommasetzung ("Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas") reichen, findet sich -- GERADE für Nicht-Muttersprachler interessant! -- eine Liste von häufig falsch verwendeten Ausdrücken und Wörtern.

Auf kaum mehr als 100 Seiten zeigen Strunk & White dem Leser, wie er mit einfachen Mitteln die Qualität der geschriebenen Texte steigern kann. Die Ratschläge sind nicht direkt auf die deutsche Sprache übertragbar, was aber kein Problem darstellt: In Forschung und Wirtschaft ist Englisch die vorherrschende Sprache.

Das Buch richtet sich NICHT explizit nur an Schriftsteller, denn auch Wissensarbeiter, Studenten, Forscher, Programmierer, Ingenieure oder Blogger profitieren von diesem kleinen Meisterwerk. Jeder, der mehr als 10 Zeilen zu schreiben hat, seien es technische Dokumentationen, wissenschaftliche Papers oder projektbezogene E-Mails, wird schnell eine Verbesserung seines Stils bemerken.

Natürlich ist das kein Selbstzweck: Der Leser erhält so einen besseren Zugang zum Werk und man selbst wird auch mehr Freude daran haben, seine eigenen Erzeugnisse zu lesen und zu erweitern.

Kurz und gut: Eine Empfehlung für Jeden, aber auch wirklich Jeden, der berufs- oder ausbildungsbedingt das eine oder andere Dokument auf Englisch verfassen will.
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I have heard of this book many times in very positive ways and from what I have seen, the content is valuable and the (original) book seems to be a good one to have.

Unfortunately, the FORMATTING of this ebook cannot be described with anything less than being a desaster.

I am guessing that the original book contains a large number of tables or similarly complex formatting elements.

Unfortunately this Kindle edition seems to have been scanned in without any (!) manual checking of the results. All the tables (?) fell apart, nestling the content together. The resulting jibberish is extreme and quite unreadable.

"I was unaware of the fact that I was unaware that (did not know) the fact that he had not succeeded his failure the fact that I had arrived my arrival"

Here you can still make sense of the content if you want. Often you cannot.

Thus, unfortunately, I feel I need to warn you from this ebook. Especially with the 5star review that came before mine.
I am sure you will be better off with the print version until this file is revised.
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Für deutsche, mit nicht perfekten Englischkenntnissen, ist dieses Buch manchmal nicht einfach zu lesen, auf Grund der Benutzung von englischen Fachbegriffen. Doch durch eindeutige und einleuchtende Beispiele ist dieses Problem nicht wirklich eines.
Dieses Buch war dazu gedacht, Schreibern zu helfen. Doch es hilft auch Schülern im fortgeschritten Englischunterricht, wo es auf (grammatische) Genauigkeiten ankommt.
(Und wenn Lehrer fragen, woher man all dies wisse, kann man mit diesem Buch ganz schön "angeben")
Das Buch ist also sehr zu empfehlen für diejenigen, die ihr Englisch Perfektionieren wollen oder/und das Handwerk des Schreibens sichtlich verbessern wollen.
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This book was prepared in a consumer-grade word processor (the choice of fonts suggests Microsoft Word) with zero regard for typography. Narrow table cells are left-justified resulting in ridiculously wide inter-word gaps, the main text--where left justification would shine--is by contrast flush left, clubs and widows are plentiful, the lack of word breaks indicates wrong language settings, paragraph indentation is inconsistent between the main text and the examples, and the font used for the main text is visually incompatible with the font used for the examples.
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