Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading enforcers of proper grammar--a twenty-first-century Elements of Style. As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's le...

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Title:Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
Author:Benjamin Dreyer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0812995708
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:291 pages pages

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Reviews

  • Trin
    Feb 02, 2019
    Well! I have a new favorite grammar/style guide. Dreyer's English is friendly, approachable, amusing; I read it for fun -- yes, I am that person, no one is shocked -- but I think it would also be highly useful and useable. I love that Dreyer's approach to grammar is, like mine, self-ta...
  • Jeff Zentner
    Feb 04, 2019
    What if I told you that there?s a style guide written in such an effervescent, wry, witty, engaging voice, that you would want to read it on the beach? What if I told you that it was so expertly written, you can?t help but be a better writer for having read it? Dear reader, you...
  • Linda
    May 15, 2019
    I love books like this and this one didn't disappoint. Grammatically correct with wit, sometimes causing me to have to re-read to understand. After this, I'm going to put my grammar police badge in a drawer. I know I'm not alone and don't have to police the entire language. ...
  • Cynthia
    Oct 10, 2018
    If you?ve ever been a copy editor or if you have interest in ?proper? writing, you will love this book. ...
  • Sue
    Apr 16, 2019
    I REALLY loved this book, and IN FACT, I spent a RATHER wonderful few days in a PRETTY arcane universe. Mr. Dreyer would tell me to eliminate the capitalized letters, and ACTUALLY he would be right. Thus begins the first page and the first lesson in prose that is not only correct but i...
  • Sonya
    Mar 29, 2019
    Delightful witty fun. (Delightful, witty fun.) (Delightful?witty?fun.) (Delightful; witty fun.) ...
  • Jennifer (aka EM)
    Mar 31, 2019
    Delightful. Elucidating. A great read and a great reference. The sideswipes at the forty-fifth president (who is never named) and his progeny (one of whom is) are subversively amusing; the anti-Brit ones slightly less so, if only because -- as a Canadian and a copy editor -- I need ...
  • Robin
    Jan 18, 2019
    This is the first book on grammar and style I've ever read cover to cover, and I found it informative and highly entertaining. I found myself laughing over Dreyer's snarky wit and his keen look at today's language "rules" had me taking notes. His writing style, use of footnotes, and sn...
  • Trish
    Mar 26, 2019
    I just love this book. When I first heard Terry Gross interviewing Dreyer on NPR?s Fresh Air, I thought he was trying too hard to make amusing something that can be utterly stultifying. However, when I had the chance to listen to Dreyer reading the book, published by Penguin Random H...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Feb 13, 2019
    As a copy editor myself and a big fan of Benjamin Dreyer's Twitter presence, I was dying to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint. Not only is this book funny and fun to read, it's so, so helpful for anyone seeking to improve their writing or editing skills. I've been in...
  • Olivia
    Mar 18, 2019
    How to use the English language properly, infused with a lot of humour, written by the copy chief of Random House. ...
  • Angie Boyter
    Apr 10, 2019
    It is difficult for me to believe that none of my Goodreads Friends, many of whom are rabid fans of the written word and some of whom have had to deal with it professionally, has read this delightful book! I haven't had such fun in a long time! Here is an example: The topic being disc...
  • Victoria
    Oct 30, 2018
    Thanks to Random House and Goodreads for the ARC of this upcoming title. I loved it! Witty and useful (I almost said very witty, but I?m trying to cull my use of that overused word, as recommended by the author). I plan on buying a hard copy on publication and adding it to my referen...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 28, 2019
    If you think I am not the kind of person to read a style guide, you are correct! I do not read them for fun or pleasure, and I try to avoid them even for professional growth. But I knew this one would be different as I've followed Dreyer on Twitter for several years (and he also follow...
  • Mal Warwick
    Mar 06, 2019
    Quick quiz: How many of the following rules do you follow when you write? Never begin a sentence with "and" or "but." Never split an infinitive.Never end a sentence with a preposition. Contractions aren't allowed in formal writing. The passive voice is to be avoided. Sentence fr...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 16, 2019
    This was dropped in my Twitter timeline as part of the wonderful, year-end #libfaves18 thread (thank you, Robin, who was first to mention it). I first thought ?I am NOT going to read a grammar book. Boring!? Then I started perusing the author?s Twitter account and I thought ?We...
  • Bud Smith
    Feb 28, 2019
    Enjoyed this. It?s written in the voice of Fraiser Crane?s little brother, Niles. ...
  • Rawan
    Oct 30, 2018
    I love books about books (Kory Stamper's Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries was one of my favorite books of 2017) and books about writing, so it's no surprise that when I saw the description for this book, I was incredibly excited to read it. A reference book by one of Twitt...
  • Liina Bachmann
    Mar 03, 2019
    This is the only book you need to read to get rid of those high school nightmares of grammar jargon, exceptions to a rule (always!) and just any bad stylistic writing errors you're prone to. "Dreyer's English" will make you laugh out loud and make you curious about Shirley Jackson as w...
  • Philipp
    Feb 11, 2019
    If you consider a future life as a scientist: One of the 'secrets' of life as a scientist, even as a STEM scientist, is that you will spend a large amount of your time writing. Not just writing down your experiments in your lab-book, but drafting and endlessly editing your papers, your...
  • Ivan
    Jan 02, 2019
    Random House?s copy chief offers a witty guide to writing. Copyeditors are my favorite kind of curmudgeons. ...
  • Erin
    Apr 02, 2019
    This was a DELIGHT. If you're a giant word nerd, "Dreyer's English" is a must-read. (It's so good it had me pause to think about that hyphen before, during, and after I typed it.) It's rare that I laugh out loud while reading, and it hasn't happened with non-fiction (let alone a book a...
  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    Mar 10, 2019
    I?ve never read a writing style guide in my life. I once tried to read Strunk and White: ho-hum. ?Sides, I thought S&T advocated a spare style and I happen to think that, except for tires in real life and heirs in romance, spares should be avoided at all costs. Instead, what I ...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Mar 11, 2019
    The first two chapters were excellent ? a bit like ?Confessions of a Comma Queen,? only with the proportions flipped: about 3/4th grammar and 1/4 personal. Yet by Chapter three, when Dreyer stafted what could have been interesting supplements to Strunk and White, he populates...
  • Evgenia
    Mar 31, 2019
    Before reading my review, it?s only fair that you know a little something about me: I?m the type of person who early one morning (as in, 7:05 A.M. early) texted a copy editor friend asking whether to use ?object? or ?subject? in a sentence, and then debated the point for th...
  • Joe Gaspard
    Feb 04, 2019
    Come for the text, but stay for the footnotes. This is a witty and informative guide to copy editing. I might have thought that a copy editor would be hidebound, with a guide that tells you what is always right and what is always wrong. Dreyer is more open to what others might cons...
  • Andrew Careaga
    Apr 30, 2019
    Copy editors are a curious lot. They're also a rare lot these days, especially at newspapers and other media outlets that have slashed and burned through editorial staffers in recent years. So it's probably a good thing that Benjamin Dreyer, a "copy chief" (presumably the leader of a t...
  • Sarahmarie Harwood
    Feb 03, 2019
    Possibly the best book on the English language This is a rare gem: a book on correct use of the English language that is a delight to read. Mr. Dexter has a delightful sense of humor. I found myself laughing rather frequently from start to finish. His deft paraphrase of a quip from ...
  • Stjepan Krešimir Kračun
    Apr 14, 2019
    This is definitely one of the most amusing books about English language that I've ever read. Since the book is more about writing style than anything else - I feel that Dreyer could have just written a book about e.g. different kinds of canaries in American households - and just the t...
  • Mahin
    Feb 01, 2019
    Whenever I speak with someone, I resist the compulsion to count his grammatical errors on one hand. I am that person who insists it's 'nauseated' not 'nauseous'. And I am that person who will tell you 'choate' and 'flammable' are major no-nos. In short, it may seem that someone who is ...