A Stylishly Illustrated ‘Elements of Style’

Elements of StyleLast month my wife and I checked out an exhibit at the First Gallery in Nashville that featured the illustrations Maira Kalman did for a new edition of Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style.”

That’s not exactly a book that one would consider working with as an illustrator, is it? Kalman’s illustrations are often funny and always thought provoking in the, “What does she mean by that?” way. It’s a blast making connections between her art and the text.

We liked it so much that we bought a copy for our younger son’s birthday. Treat yourself or someone special to a copy and if the exhibit of her illustrations comes to a gallery or museum near you, be sure to see it.

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Sony Hatcher

Looks like a murder mystery to me.

    rbmanley

    Haha. I assure you it’s not.

Jon Spangler

Illustrating “The Elements of Style” was a great idea. I think “new” is not the right term, though, for a 2007 publication, Ray: a 2007 computer would be considered two generations obsolete by the time it is 7 years old, and style guides are almost as perishable these days with our language(s) changing so quickly… 🙂

    rbmanley

    Within the oeuvre of Strunk and White, I think I can squeak by calling a 2007 edition, new, but really in my mind, I used new because this little gem of a book is so different from previous editions, as in a “totally new take on an old classic.” In any case, go to a bookstore, find it and thumb through the illustrations, they’re a kick. And thanks for the comment!

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