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.
Key words: Strunk & White, Elements of Style, grammar, writing, Death of a Pig
Place of Original Publication
Journal of Legal Education
Journal of Legal Education (forthcoming 2017)
Jensen, Erik M., "E. B. White Could Nod Too: Thoughts Occasioned by Reading “Death of a Pig”" (2017). Faculty Publications. 1984.