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How to Speak and Write Correctly (c. 1900)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  695 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The examples of these men are incentives to action. Poverty thrust them forward instead of keeping them back. Therefore, if you are poor make your circumstances a means to an end. Have ambition, keep a goal in sight and bend every energy to reach that goal. A story is told of Thomas Carlyle the day he attained the highest honor the literary world could confer upon him when ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published June 1st 2004)
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Skyler Myers
Apr 04, 2014 Skyler Myers rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to brush up on grammar without spending money
"Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great."


* Lots of good information without wasted words

* Contains more than just grammar, such as the history of the English language

* Huge list of the best authors, poets, and books


* Some outdated usage of words, such as "thou" and "thee" (was written in 1917)

* Entire sections are now almost irrelev
Other than outdated and difficult to read, it's pretty good and I did learn/enjoy it quite a bit. The first chapters are just about basic grammar, but then it shows great examples of common mistakes and tips on how to prevent them.

Some of the things a found difficult to read:

In the preparation of this little work the writer has kept one end in view, viz.: To make it serviceable for those for whom it is intended, that is, for those who have neither the time nor the opportunity, the learning nor t
Definitely got me thinking more about how I use language, although I was proud to recognise a lot of the errors mentioned. It was dated in some parts, and seemed to repeatedly talk about speaking and writing simply, with an excess of long words.

Some of my favourite quotes:

'You can be joyful, playful, jocose, give vent to your feelings, but never stoop to low language and, above all, to language savouring in the slightest degree of moral impropriety.'

'Describe what you saw yesterday-a fire, a ru
Oct 30, 2011 Slightly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: penpals
If you merely read chapter 10 of this book, that alone will give reason for why i gave it 5 stars. The first three or four chapters are forgetable and can be skipped. It only tells of the grammar lessons everyone learned in elementary school.

Letter writing was so much more dignified back when Devlin wrote this book. He gives great example sentences and lots of tips that I find useful today. A lot of the suggestions are outdated, but instead of being useless they just show how far the craft has
Having ordery and structured sentences are indicative of an orderly and structured mind. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time remembering all the rules of written and spoken English taught in high school. This little book is a great tool to keep many of those rules at the forefront.
Yes, some of the rules seem rather dated, the use of which would make you sound more like a Victorian-era English teacher thn an educated middle American. None the less, the theories and principles found in
Aaron Ash
This primer has held up fairly well over time. The things it stresses the most, writing simply and briefly, are as important today as ever. Also, I needed the reminder to stay away from phrases such as, in my opinion, and the like which are overused today like never before.
After reading this I do feel like I need a grammar workbook as I don't remember the rules as well as I thought I did. While, the book gives excellent speaking and writing advice, the grammar review is harder to follow.
It also
I hope to now speak and write correctly by eliminating errors I have been making!:)

Review to follow.
Aileen Bernadette Urquhart
I enjoyed this book for some perverse reason. It's a book of two halves. The first half is taken up with rules of grammar, and the second half is more general, with exhortations to try, try, and in the end you will succeed. Lots of quotes from classic authors, and this brightened up the book. Written about 1910? so inevitably out of date in some aspects.
A good grammar review book. Actually it is a bit boring in the grammar part.
Later, the author talks about culture and language. In these parts, he suddenly becomes very passionate. I was quite surprised by his great enthusiasm of encouraging people from poor families.
Got some recommendations at the end for further reading.
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Nicholas Maulucci
not a current book. written in early to mid 20th century. thoroughly enjoyed reading the grammar rules. had not only technical help and rules but some philosophy too. this book is not for everybody. I would recommend it to my brother Jeremy or English teachers or linguists. also really enjoyed a short etymology section. happy with the read.
Some parts are very tedious, especially the first several chapters. I am looking for a book for scientific writing, but it does not fit for it.
Pradeep Badatiya
It was am old book on grammar but full of English literature insights.
Good book, but I still and not very good at Engrish...
good first i thought this is book about grammar.and i read it since i want to improve mt english,especially grammatically,it helps.and i love chapter 10,11 and 12.some good advice from author,use simple english,no slang and bombastic words.i'm shocked to find boycott came from a person name and a slang.good it
Sarah Spelbring
The later chapters were much better than the beginning chapters. The beginning 5-6 chapters dealt with grammar and spelling, the last few he went into what to write, how to get started, and listed some influences.

Granted this book is a bit dated but it still carries some sound advice.
I listened to the LibriVox recording of this early 20th century classic and enjoyed it. Devlin covers the basics of English grammar, style, common errors, and recommended reading. It's not at all dry or pretentious. It's actually fun to read.
Marts  (Thinker)
This title highlights, well exactly what it says, speaking and writing correctly. It begins with basic english grammer and then graduates to proper usage for varying situations, eg. use of slang, vernacular writing, newspaper writing, etc.
Well written. Understandable and easy to read. I found the tips quite helpful and since coming upon reading it, my grammar has altered remarkably
I didn't realize that this was written in 1910 until I started reading it, so it's pretty outdated. Still, there's some useful information.
some interesting points at the beginning but after that it just seemed like an english textbook.
An enjoyable read. It has a nice balance of good advice and amusing anachronisms.
Eric Durso
Loved the section on figurative language. It's free on kindle.
Nancy Linville
Easy straight forward with no frills.
Showed me just how bad my grammar really is.
You'll know when a writer is stirred by a noble theme.
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