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

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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.
    • Content Notes:
      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.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780812995701
      0812995708
    • Accession Number:
      2018027979
    • Accession Number:
      on1061864636
      1061864636
    • Accession Number:
      fay.599115
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      DREYER, B. Dreyer’s English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style. [s.l.] : Random House, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 24 jul. 2019.
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      Dreyer B. Dreyer’s English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Random House; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115. Accessed July 24, 2019.
    • APA:
      Dreyer, B. (2019). Dreyer’s English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style. Random House. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115
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      Dreyer, Benjamin. 2019. Dreyer’s English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Random House. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115.
    • Harvard:
      Dreyer, B. (2019) Dreyer’s English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style. Random House. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115 (Accessed: 24 July 2019).
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      Dreyer, B 2019, Dreyer’s English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style, Random House, viewed 24 July 2019, .
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      Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Random House, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115.
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      Dreyer, Benjamin. Dreyer’s English : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Random House, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115.
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      Dreyer B. Dreyer’s English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style [Internet]. Random House; 2019 [cited 2019 Jul 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.599115

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.

LJ Reviews 2019 February #1

With this utterly readable and informative handbook, Random House vice president, executive managing editor, and copy chief Dreyer delivers an assertive (albeit amusing and authoritative) guide to correct English. In an engaging and sometimes anecdotal style, he instructs on the uses of commas, apostrophes, semicolons, and parentheses, not merely through a series of rules but rather with effective examples of correct and incorrect usages. He argues that it's time to stop appropriating British English, presenting plenty of examples of our missteps. While Dreyer's list of frequently misspelled words serves as a helpful reminder of accurate spelling, his chapter on "Peeves and Crotchets" provides a list of wrong usages of which some of us may find ourselves guilty. This will prove beneficial to everyone who wants to improve "their" writing and especially valuable to those who want to help others with their prose. VERDICT Highly recommended for general readers.—Herbert E. Shapiro, Lifelong Learning Soc., Florida Atlantic Univ., Boca Raton

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 October #5

Dreyer, copy chief at Random House, presents a splendid book that is part manual, part memoir, and chockfull of suggestions for tightening and clarifying prose. These begin with his first challenge to writers: "Go a week without writing ‘very,' ‘rather,' ‘really,' ‘quite,' and ‘in fact.'?" ("Feel free to go the rest of your life without another ‘actually,'?" he says.) Dreyer goes on to write with authority and humor about commonly confused or misspelled words, punctuation rules, and "trimmables," or redundant phrases (the most memorable he ever encountered was, "He implied without quite saying"; Dreyer was so "delighted" he "scarcely had the heart" to eliminate it from the manuscript). But Dreyer's most effective material comprises his recollections of working with authors, including Richard Russo, who after noticing a maxim posted in Dreyer's office from the New Yorker's Wolcott Gibbs—"Try to preserve an author's style if he is an author and has a style"—later called him to ask, "Would you say I am an author? Do I have a style?" This work is that rare writing handbook that writers might actually want to read straight through, rather than simply consult. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.