The Elements of Style
By William Strunk, E. B. White
Why this book?
When I was a kid we used to make jokes about this book. We called it “The Elephants of Style” and considered that the height of hilarity. Yet within its thin frame lies more great advice on how to write than ten other books ten times its size. From “the Elephants” I learned to avoid clichés like the plague, to write with precision and candor, and that “writing in the passive voice should never be done by me.” To this day (more than half a century later) I keep a copy close at hand, to resolve any doubts I might have about grammar, punctuation, or the proper use of a semi-colon. It’s more than a hundred years old (!) and will continue to inform and improve writers long after you and I are dead, buried, and gone.
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