About The Author

I am a grammarian, rhetorician, and university literature professor (in equal parts) with a deep and abiding interest in and devotion to language; I teach a grammar course and several courses in American Jewish literature.

My thinking about grammar is informed by Paul Roberts’ historic Understanding English, one book that initiated a rethinking of how we understand and teach grammar (1958); the several editions of Martha Kolln’s Understanding English Grammar; Max Morenberg’s Doing Grammar; Joseph Williams’s Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace; Weathers’ and Winchester’s The Strategy of Style, and the work of Constance Weaver—as well as more than 30 years of teaching grammar to high school and university students.

I live and teach in upstate New York and am a longtime owner of Standard Poodles; now we have two girls, Georgie (chocolate, age 7) and Passie (white, age 5). I would like to hear what you think of the book and am happy to receive your comments, queries, and dog stories at bethburch@gmail.com.

C. Beth Burch - Georgie and Passie mid-play