E.B. White's revised version of William Strunk, Jr.,'s grammar and usage guide turns 50 in April, and the Ithaca Journal reports on the classic's history. E. B White was a student of Strunk's at Cornell in 1919.
Strunk's [original] "Elements of Style" probably would have vanished for good had
not someone stolen one of the two copies in the Cornell library in 1957
and sent it to White. In his "Letter From the East" column for July 15,
1957, White trumpeted "the little book," recalling its "rich deposits
of gold" and eloquently ruminating on the valuable lessons he learned,
lauding Strunk and his devotion to lucid English prose. Jack Case, an
editor at Macmillan, was enticed by the column and persuaded White to
revise, expand and modernize Strunk's book.
Read the whole story here.
Speaking of Ithaca, the home of Cornell, I read Justin Souza's interesting poem about the town, which dips into history, too; it's linked at the blog Seven Impossible Things today. All of today's Poetry Friday entries can be found at The Drift Record, author Julie Larios's spot on the web.
More links: The Elements of Style (50th anniversary edition and Maira Kalman-illustrated version), at Powell's Books