Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Oh, please …

… Strunk at 100: A Centennial Not to Celebrate – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Talk about using a sledgehammer to crush a gnat. I read the book during the year I spent between high school and college, which was when White’s edition came out. I found it quite useful. Robertson Davies was probably right when he said that what it could teach you was how to build the literary equivalent of a chicken coop. But you have to start somewhere. Better a sturdy chicken coop than a faulty bridge. 

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