Random House Copy Chief Advises on Writing Rules in 'Dreyer's English'

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Benjamin Dreyer, Random House's longtime copy chief, explains the do’s and don'ts of good writing in his forthcoming book, "Dreyer's English." His tips include: utilize the semi-colon, split infinitives without fear and rid your prose of the terms "very," "rather," and "of course," which Dreyer dismisses as "Wan Intensifiers" and "Throat Clearers." Dreyer joins us to share stories from the publishing world and to give advice to writers and editors of all types.


Benjamin Dreyer, copy chief, Random House; author, "Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style"