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July 1, 2009

Aspiring Writers' Advice

If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy.
—Dorothy Parker

Source: Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
It is the birthday of grammarian William Strunk Jr., born in Cincinnati, Ohio (1869). He was a professor at Cornell University for 46 years, and during that time, he created the "little book" known as The Elements of Style (1918) in order to make it easier to grade his students' composition papers. He died on September 26, 1946 at Poughkeepsie, New York.

Posted by niganit at July 1, 2009 7:24 AM
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