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Omit Needless Controversy: Fifty Years of Strunk and White

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Martin Schneider writes:

The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style was last Thursday. I'm a copyeditor by trade, so one might say professionally implicated. My love of accuracy compels me not to pretend that the book is universally admired by all those who love words; far from it. (So much strong feeling!) For my part, I'll just say it communicated certain things I needed to know at certain times in my life, and for that I am grateful.

A less contentious issue is E.B. White, who is always worth celebrating. Levi Stahl of I've Been Reading Lately has been lately reading his letters (you know, in a book, not in his desk drawer or anything), which sound delightful.

Oh yes, I almost forgot: subscribers can read the original 1957 article that sparked the publication of the book.


I’m trying to open forum but sometimes there are no images on it :(

xXmikeDicXxJuly 21, 2010

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