August 29, 2016

Jensen on E. B. White As Writer

Erik M. Jensen, Case Western Reserve School of Law, is publishing E. B. White Could Nod Too: Thoughts Occasioned by Reading 'Death of a Pig' in the Journal of Legal Education (2017). Here is the abstract.
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.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.


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