Century wins auction for grammar 'classic'

Claire Coughlan
Rights - NonFiction Monday, 18 February 2019

Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer is a New York Times bestseller

Century publishing director Ben Brusey has won a 36-hour flash auction for Dreyer's English, a New York Times bestseller written by Random House's copy chief Benjamin Dreyer. Century has UK and Commonwealth rights through Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown, on behalf of Jennifer Joel at ICM, and will publish its anglicised version on 30 May.

During his 30-year career, Dreyer has copy edited books by authors including EL Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, who has said: "Dreyer's English will stand among the classics on how to use the English language properly."

Dreyer said: "We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. I hope that this book will be of some help, and that readers will take even half the pleasure in it as I took in writing it."

Brusey said: "The opening chapter of Benjamin's playful, pithy and essential book is entitled 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Your Prose)'. Benjamin has already worked wonders on my own leaden prose, and I know he will do the same for readers everywhere. We are proud to be publishing his special book, which will surely rank as one of the finest written on the English language."

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