The following online books are presented to you in our effort to offer you access to reading material that answers your questions, provides you with classic writing examples and supplies you with information that has been written and assembled over hundreds of years. Use our online references to push past much of the current literary stagnation by mixing the old with your new millennium knowledge.
On the Art of Writing.
This collection of lectures captures the artistic and vital nature of the English language.
On the Art of Reading.
Rich with insight on the activity of effectual and intelligent reading.
The Elements of Style.
Believing that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student or writer.
American Heritage® Book of English Usage.
With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style.
The Columbia Guide to Standard American English.
This most extensive handbook of the language ever published features over 6,500 descriptive and prescriptive entries with 4,300 linked cross-references.
The King’s English, 2nd Edition.
This reference work has remained a standard resource—serving generations of students and writers with common sense rules of style and grammar.
The American Language.
This classic defines the distinguishing characteristics of the language of the United States. [Anybody have an online reference for their own country's use of English?]
Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech.
The classic text on the relation of language and culture.
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