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Dreyer's English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style / Benjamin Dreyer.

Dreyer, Benjamin, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library 808.02 DRE (Text) 33500013001847 New Checked out 10/11/2019
Moorhead Public Library 808.02 DRE (Text) 33500013001839 New Checked out 10/08/2019

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  • ISBN: 9780812995701
  • ISBN: 0812995708
  • Physical Description: xviii, 291 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The life-changing magic of tidying up (your prose) -- Rules and nonrules -- 67 assorted things to do (or not to do) with punctuation -- 1, 2, 3, go: the treatment of numbers -- Foreign affairs -- A little grammar is a dangerous thing -- The realities of fiction -- Notes on, amid a list of, frequently and/or easily misspelled words -- Peeves and crotchets -- The confusables -- Notes on proper nouns -- The trimmables -- The miscellany.
Summary, etc.: "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, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers lessons on the ins and outs of punctuation and grammar, including how to navigate the words he calls 'the confusables,' like tricky homophones; the myriad ways to use (and misuse) a comma; and how to recognize--though not necessarily do away with--the passive voice. (Hint: If you can plausibly add 'by zombies' to the end of a sentence, it's passive.) People are sharing their writing more than ever--on blogs, on Twitter--and this book lays out, clearly and comprehensibly, everything writers can do to keep readers focused on the real reason writers write: to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. Chock-full of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts on the rules (and nonrules) of the English language, this book will prove invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and--perhaps best of all--an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language"-- Provided by publishier.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1
    In this user-friendly guide, Random House copy chief Dreyer invites readers into his life's work, explaining how to navigate written communication through examples from years spent buried in unpublished manuscripts. While the manual is invaluable for the author-to-be, it's also an advantageous read for anyone looking to avoid sounding like an idiot in any official document, regardless of whether they have a background in or penchant for writing. Speaking of "they," it's worthwhile to note that Dreyer's is a modern reference text, relaying how certain rules of the English language, like pronoun use, are evolving alongside Western culture. The manual is peppered with Dreyer's playful anecdotal footnotes and acerbic wit, making for a riotous read when readers wouldn't necessarily expect one. Useful features include a compilation of Dreyer's ultimate language pet peeves and a list of commonly misspelled proper nouns with tricks for keeping them straight. A remarkably fun book about a dastardly dry subject, this will surely aid in committing the rules of the written word to memory, once and for all. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub, and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City.

Subject: Authorship > Technique.
Authorship > Technique.

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