Benjamin Dreyer



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.

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“Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House

“It has, to my great dismay, no enforceable laws, much less someone to enforce the laws it doesn’t have.*1”
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House

“Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House

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