Reference Books on Writing
The books in this section are among the most useful books on writing and language that we have found. If you wish to suggest a book for this section, please contact us.
Simple & Direct
by Jacques Barzun
Language in Thought and Action
by S.I. Hayakawa, Samuel I. Hayakawa, Robert MacNeil
Plain Style: A Guide to Written English
by Christopher Lasch, Stewart Weaver (Editor)
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.) by Steven Pinker
The Elements of Style (4th Edition)
by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell
by William K. Zinsser
Writing for the Web - a comprehensive guide to the art of online writing.
The Plain English Network (PEN) is a government-wide group of volunteers working to improve communications from the federal government to the public. We believe better communication will increase trust in government, reduce government costs, and reduce the burden on the public.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has produced this excellent Plain English Handbook for finance professionals.