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Book Style

Yesterday was its 50th birthday, and although I’ve been an acquaintance for many years, I didn’t light one candle or bake a single cupcake. For one reason, I was traveling to Tucson; another reason is that I didn’t know about the birthday until this morning, as I read Thursday’s edition of USA Today,

I’m referring to the birthday of a book, a slim book named The Elements of Style, that was written by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White and 514b109m2pl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_published 50 years ago. New York editor David Remnick calls it, “The little book that never goes out of style.”

Many years ago, I chanced on a copy of this paperback in a thrift store, knew right away it was a valuable tool for such as I, and have since then bought and given away many copies. At my home in Crestline, I have two or three of the thin volumes scattered here and there where I do my writing.

Spend a 10 dollar bill on this book which is dedicated to concise and clear writing. You will thank me.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

5 replies on “Book Style”

I love reading it because it is so cleverly written. For me it is “pleasure” reading, as well as a valuable tool.

Doubtless, both its “simplicity” and the cleverness of its writers so that indeed it is fun to read has contributed to its long success.


I bought a hardback copy, complete with book jacket, recently, but for the life of me, I cannot remember where.

For some reason, Helen, I’ve never seen a hardback copy, although I know they are available. The USA Today article reports:

the 1959 hardcover cost $2.50. The leather-bound 50th anniversary edition is $19.95.


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