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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Hardcover – 29 January 2019
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“Call it the hedonic appeal. Dreyer beckons readers by showing that his rules make prose pleasurable. . . . His book is in love with the toothsomeness of language. Its sentences capture writing’s physicality.”—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker
“Brimming with wit and revelatory wisdom, this style manual-cum-linguistic jubilee from Random House’s copy chief . . . entertains as it enlightens.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Random House copy chief and managing editor Benjamin Dreyer is a fixture in the publishing industry and on Twitter for his authoritative yet approachable take on style and grammar. Now he is a Random House author himself. . . . Dreyer’s English [is] a helpful, funny style guide replete with supporting references from literature and popular culture.”—New York
“An utterly delightful book to read, Dreyer’s English will stand among the classics on how to use the English language properly.”—Elizabeth Strout
“A mind-blower—sure to jumpstart any writing project, just by exposing you, the writer, to Dreyer’s astonishing level of sentence-awareness.”—George Saunders
“Farewell, Strunk and White. Benjamin Dreyer’s brilliant, pithy, incandescently intelligent book is to contemporary writing what Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry was to medieval English: a gift that broadens and deepens the art and the science of literature by illustrating that convention should not stand in the way of creativity, so long as that creativity is expressed with clarity and with conviction.”—Jon Meacham
“It is Benjamin Dreyer’s intense love for the English language and his passion for the subject that make the experience of reading Dreyer’s English such a pleasure, almost regardless of the invaluable and practical purpose his book serves in such dark and confusing times for grammar and meaning.”—Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon
“If Oscar Wilde had wanted to be helpful as well as brilliant, if E. B. White and Noël Coward had had a wonderful little boy who grew up to cherish and model clarity, the result would be Benjamin Dreyer and his frankly perfect book. Anyone who writes anything should have a copy by their computer, and perhaps another on the nightstand, just for pleasure.”—Amy Bloom
“Dreyer’s English is essential to anyone who cares about language. It’s as smart and funny as Dreyer is himself. He makes you smile and makes you smarter at the same time.”—Lyle Lovett
“Like Dreyer himself, this book reassures as it teaches. The reader never feels spoken down to, as in so many other style guides, but is instead lifted up, inspired to communicate with more clarity and zing. I’ll be buying this for friends.”—Brian Koppelman, co-creator and showrunner of Billions
“This work is that rare writing handbook that writers might actually want to read straight through, rather than simply consult.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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- Publisher : Random House (29 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812995708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812995701
- Item Weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.69 x 21.69 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you write books, short stories, blog posts, tweets, emails or anything else, this is the book you need. Dreyer wants you to clean up the way you write and he does so with a hilarious, almost lyrical way, citing relevant examples from popular texts.
In addition to helping you tidy up your prose, he takes you through grammar rules that are no longer relevant, punctuation things to do or not to do, and the way to treat numbers and proper nouns. Then there are the words and phrases that are one's treasure and another's trash; that are the confusables, that are the trimmables, and are the miscellany.
If I sound like a book's index it is probably because that's how this book's index reads. That's not all, though. There's more - more than going a week without writing 1. very, 2. rather, 3. really, 4. quite, 5. in fact, and the seven more words he lists.
If you read only one book this year, let it be this. When you've read it once, read it again. Underline, circle, highlight. Keep it at the office, keep a second copy at home, carry a third on your person. Refer to it every time you write; even something as boring as a work email reminding everyone of the nine a.m. meeting on Monday.
Let it be known that no matter what you think, you need this book. Yes, you do.
It is for a mature audience, not for learners.
Reminds me of books written by Richard Armour (not Armor) .......
By Lavanya on 14 January 2021
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The author touches on some modern updating - comma use, split-infinitives, propositions etc but there is a tad of a lean towards American usage occasionally. That being said, language is ever evolving and with the growth of social media/blogs/online forums and courses perhaps it is becoming more homogeneous than region specific. I do not know if this matters but had an experience recently where an editor advised removal of the word 'whilst' in favour of the "more modern" 'while'. I will miss 'whilst' so I guess it matters to me.