"Mr. Gwynne is unflinchingly, unapologetically rear-guard . . . The personality of its author is not the least attraction of "Gwynne's Grammar" . . . [a book] with not the least wisp of dumbing-down in his composition . . . [He] does not deny that grammar can be hellishly complicated . . . [and] his definitions - terse, logical, precise - are among the best things in the book . . . I feel a certain elegance in what I have been taught and still take to be correct English."
--Joseph Epstein, "The Wall Street Journal"
[Gwynne] is more in the mold of an 18th- or 19th-century grammarian than a modern-day prescriptivist . . . [His appeal ] has been less about the rules themselves and more about his ability to invoke pre-1960s, cold-shower rigor . . . For hundreds of years, English-speakers have reveled in scolding each other and being scolded about language . . . In another century someone may be quoting Gwynne with equal fondness, while our great-grandchildren take pleasure in getting scolded all over again... "Gwynne's Grammar" has its undeniable pleasures."
--Britt Peterson, "The Boston Globe"
"Warm and utterly self-assured . . . Refreshingly opinionated . . . [Gwynne] is an unashamed prescriptivist . . . [and his] judgment is unambiguous . . . It doesn't matter how many academic linguists tell us that language changes over time . . . Educated people still want to know whether they should write 'amuck' or 'amok, ' 'between' or 'among'."
--Barton Swaim, "The Weekly Standard"
"Dynamite to modern, child-centered education: a guide to the forgotten rudiments of the English Language."
--Elizabeth Grice, "Daily Telegraph"
"Curious and brilliant . . . it is wonderful that his crisp, lucid book has at last been embraced by the many."
--Charles Moore, "The Spectator"
"Witty, engaging and highly educational stuff."
--"Times Educational Supplement"
"A very useful, pertinent summary and it deserves both to be used and enjoyed."
--Tony Little, head master, Eton College
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