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Benjamin Dreyer


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May 11, 1958

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Benjamin Dreyer is vice president, executive managing editor, and copy chief at Random House. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in New York City.

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Dreyer's English: An Utterl...

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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

“A good sentence, I find myself saying frequently, is one that the reader can follow from beginning to end, no matter how long it is, without having to double back in confusion because the writer misused or omitted a key piece of punctuation, chose a vague or misleading pronoun, or in some other way engaged in inadvertent misdirection.”
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House

“The things I like best in T. S. Eliot’s poetry, especially in the Four Quartets, are the semicolons. You cannot hear them, but they are there, laying out the connections between the images and the ideas. Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.”
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style from the Copy Chief of Random House

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