The Elements of Style Illustrated (Paperback)

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The term "grammar Nazi" should cause concern for a number of reasons. For one, no one should willingly compare themselves to a Nazi. For another, Nazism (or any abolutism) just does not work well in grammar, as Strunk and White exemplify. They key to good grammar is not to adhere to unrelenting rules, but to learn the proper usage of grammatical elements. What is the USE of an oxford comma, as compared to the lack of one? Or the USE of a semi-colon, as compared to a colon or a comma? Or the USE of a fragmented sentence? I made a game out of finding sentences where Strunk and White simultaneously describe and demonstrate the elements, like master painters illustrating the proportions of the body. This book is linguistic alchemy. Go make some gold.

Jalen

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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

The only style manual to ever appear on a bestseller list now refreshed by one of our most beloved illustrators


Every English writer knows Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. The book’s mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman’s fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.

About the Author


MAIRA KALMAN is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principals of Uncertainty; and has illustrated Michael Pollan's Food Rules and William Strunk and E.B. White's The Elements of Style. Kalman's work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.

www.mairakalman.com

Praise For…


"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143112723
ISBN-10: 0143112724
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 28th, 2007
Pages: 176
Language: English