William Strunk Jr.

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William Strunk Jr., (July 1, 1869 - 1946) was Professor of English at Cornell University and is best known as the author of the first editions of The Elements of Style, a guide to English usage, which he had printed privately in 1918 for the use of his students. It became a classic on the local campus, known as "the little book".

In the original edition, Strunk describes the purpose of the book as follows:

"It aims to lighten the task of instructor and student by concentrating attention ... on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated."

The original was revised in 1935 by Strunk and Edward A. Tenney. After Strunk's death, it was again revised by E.B. White, an editor at The New Yorker who had been one of Strunk's students. This 1959 edition of The Elements of Style (often referred to as "Strunk and White") became the companion of most American writers as well as most college freshmen.

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