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...
  • Tanya Gold
    Mar 01, 2019
    This is one of the books that I wish I'd had when I first started copyediting. ...
  • LeeAnne
    Feb 16, 2019
    I LOVED this book. I'm going to read it again and refer to it over and over and over. I'm going to recommend it to all of my friends. Dreyer is witty and funny and kind. Definitely a book for the keeper shelf. ...
  • David
    Feb 01, 2019
    If you work with words and wish you had a little more confidence in your written style (including but not limited to spelling, punctuation, grammar and word choice), this book is for you. Dreyer's English is both extraordinarily helpful and a delightful read. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Moira Burke
    Feb 22, 2019
    Highly recommended. It even works as an audiobook, the author voicing his own snark with excellent comedic timing. Who knew listening to hours of common misspellings would be so much fun? Several of the explanations fall into the ?did he just say that?? camp. He covers tricky gramm...
  • 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...
  • anna
    Feb 09, 2019
    A treat for those who delight in words and arranging them well. I feel a kinship with someone who writes, as Dreyer does, "there's a certain tautness in slightly stilted prose that I find almost viscerally thrilling." Dreyer is witty and clever and takes equal aim at 45 and The New Yor...
  • Pamela
    Feb 06, 2019
    Full disclosure: I first met Benjamin at a dinner place with a large group of people and expected to be intimidated. We sat beside each other and he was perfectly lovely, discussing theatre productions and actors we admired in common. I was relieved by how easy he was to talk to and ch...
  • Susan
    Mar 10, 2019
    What kind of nut finds a grammar book thrilling and page-turning? Me. This nut. I am now an avowed Dreyerist. ...
  • Ben
    Jan 25, 2019
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I did not expect to love a book about writing as much as I did with Dreyer's English. Dreyer approaches writing with a copywriter's eye, which is perfect when you want your writing to feel like your mo...
  • 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...
  • Chris Roberts
    Jan 29, 2019
    Benjamin Dryer's guide confirms the existence of a lesser alphabet, ergo, lexicon. This is the age of trivial authorship, stylized writing strips a novel of plot, characterization, setting, etc. Chris Roberts, Patron Saint to Outliers ...
  • Ivan
    Jan 02, 2019
    Random House?s copy chief offers a witty guide to writing. Copyeditors are my favorite kind of curmudgeons. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ivan
    Mar 04, 2019
    The state of our language, and its shepherds, in 2019. ...
  • Ashley Elliott
    Mar 06, 2019
    Did I just read a style guide on writing for fun? Yes! Did I enjoy it like a textbook on grammar? Yes! It?s fun but also full of grammar and rules so I don?t think this would be for everybody. There are fun witticisms along with the rules and stories of copy editing through the 90s...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...