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 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.