E. B. White Could Nod Too: Thoughts Occasioned by Reading 'Death of a Pig'
66 Journal of Legal Education 409 (Winter 2017)
13 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2016 Last revised: 22 Mar 2017
Date Written: August 24, 2016
This is an essay on grammar and writing, with extended consideration of the value of Strunk & White as a guide. Although the essay defends Strunk & White against several of that volume’s strongest critics, it also illustrates that even the best writers — and E. B. White was terrific, as was Antonin Scalia — sometimes make mistakes. (At great, perhaps excessive, length, the essay dissects a problematic passage in White’s “Death of a Pig.”) We should learn from those mistakes, not accept them as inevitable.
Keywords: Key words: Strunk & White, Elements of Style, grammar, writing, Death of a Pig
JEL Classification: K10
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