The Elements of Style Characters

William Strunk Jr.
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William Faulkner

William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who set his major novels in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi, is the only author whom Strunk and White use twice as a positive example. Faulkner is praised for the concrete details he uses to make his setting seem real and for an individual style that makes his writing immediately recognizable.

E. M. Forster

Strunk and White use an excerpt from the work of the English writer E. M. Forster as an example of laudable sentence structure. Primarily known as a novelist, Forster also wrote short stories and essays.

Robert Frost

American poet Robert Frost, who won four Pulitzer Prizes, is contrasted with Walt Whitman in a passage that discusses the importance of individual style.

Wolcott Gibbs

Wolcott Gibbs was an editor and a writer on the staff of the New Yorker from its early days. Gibbs is best...

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