Tiny Book Summary: “Dreyer’s English” by Benjamin Dreyer

Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer Title: Dreyer’s English Author: Benjamin Dreyer, Random House Copy Chief Genre: Reference, Writing, Style Manual

Publication Date: 1/29/2019 Formats: Print, eBook, and Audiobook Summary: This is an entertaining guide to writing better.  Dreyer has found a way to make reading about grammar and style interesting.  Rather than just state the rules or standards, Dreyer explains why the goal is clear writing and how following (or ignoring) a rule can get you to that goal. Key Takeaways:

  • It’s worthwhile to get the printed book and the audiobook. The print version is a wonderful style manual while the audiobook is far more entertaining.
  • Style manuals are usually as dry as they are boring. “Dreyer’s English” is a welcome exception to that rule.
  • “Dreyer’s English” is a perfect graduation gift.  I also think that it should be required reading at all law schools, but I might be biased.
  • Dreyer supports the series/serial/Oxford comma but isn’t Team Two-Spaces After a Period. Which will make for some pretty interesting Twitter battles among writing enthusiasts.

Review Material Sources: Advance Review Copies provided by NetGalley and Libro.fm