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.

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.

Ernest Hemingway

Strunk and White contrast the spare style of American author Ernest Hemingway with the detail- laden prose of William Faulkner to illustrate differences in individual style.

W. Somerset Maugham

Strunk and White use a paragraph from the English writer W. Somerset Maugham to support their argument that the pronouns "he" and "his" should be used when a writer is referring...

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