Maira Kalman

The Elements of Style

June 1 - September 16, 2017

Entrance

Foreword
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The Elements of Style Illustrated
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Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in.
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Contents
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Roses
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Somebody else’s umbrella
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The best way to see a country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot
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The best way to see a country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot
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The best way to see a country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot
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Nether Stowey, where Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is a few miles from Bridgewater.
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Main Gallery

East Wall

The temple of Isis
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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
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Here today.
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Gone tomorrow.
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His first thought on getting out of bed—if he had any thought at all—was to get back in again.
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None of us is perfect.
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Bread and butter was all she served.
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North Wall

Polly loves cake more than she loves me.
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Do you mind me asking a question?
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Do you mind me asking a question?
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Do you mind me asking a question?
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A basic structural design underlies every kind of writing.
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Wondering irresolutely what to do next, the clock struck twelve.
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should
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could
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would
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Her story is strange.
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What a wonderful show!
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She found only two mistakes.
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The ceremony was both long and tedious.
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He noticed a large stain right in the center of the rug.
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know -
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ledge
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Every window picture and mirror was smashed.
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West Wall

“O.K.”
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Illusion. See allusion.
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But animals do not comprise (“embrace”) a zoo—they constitute a zoo.
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“I had a nice time.” / “It was nice weather.” / “She was so nice to her mother.”
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Chloë smells good, as a baby should.
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He is regarded as the best dancer in the club.
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A Few Matters of Form
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She was part in, part out.
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Rich, ornate prose is hard to digest, generally unwholesome, and sometimes nauseating.
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It looked more like a cormorant than like a heron.
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It looked more like a cormorant than like a heron.
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Overly, muchly, thusly
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South Wall

It was a unique eggbeater.
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(With a List of Reminders)
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The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity.
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“Spontaneous me,” sang Whitman.
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North Wall

“Be obscure clearly” Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand!”
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sentence fragment
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Agreement
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Lincoln, Abraham
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William Strunk, Jr.
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E. B. White
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Hot day. Book found. Aha! Words cannot express. If only I could. Without a doubt. Goodness. Good. Good. Good. Maira Kalman
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