Books by David Crystal

David Crystal is the leading authority on language and the best-loved author of books including The Stories of English, Shakespeare’s Words, Language and the Internet, Language Death, and, most recently, he entered the lists with The Shakespeare Miscellan


MAKING SENSE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Both a swift introduction for grammar rookies and an enlightening review and update for the veterans."
A celebrated historian of the English language takes us on an entertaining stroll through the history of our grammar—from the beginning to last week. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
SPELL IT OUT by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 18, 2013

"An entertaining mixture of erudition, attitude and wit that crackles, spits and sparkles."
A noted linguistics scholar and prolific author asks and answers the question, "Why do we spell words the way we do?" Read full book review >
THE STORY OF ENGLISH IN 100 WORDS by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2012

"Snack-sized chapters with banquet-sized satisfaction."
The author of The Stories of English (2004) and other volumes devoted to the nature and history of our language returns with a gem that sparkles with information about how English grows, changes, adopts and plays. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"An informative, transformative trip into the mysterious, mutating, magical thicket of English."
Linguist Crystal (How Language Works, 2006, etc.), whose learned disquisitions have sometimes bewildered readers, lightens up with an inviting text combining the best features of travel writing, memoir and scholarship. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2006

"Packed with information, memorable anecdotes and surprising statistics, all presented with assurance and enthusiasm."
A virtual encyclopedia of language, so broad in scope that its subtitle can only hint at its contents. Read full book review >
THE STORIES OF ENGLISH by David Crystal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A dense, significant history. Had it been shorter and otherwise more reader-friendly, it could have made waves. Regrettably, only ripples will likely ensue. (9 b&w illustrations; 12 maps)"
A celebrated linguist argues that all versions of English are created equal and that the reign of Emily Post-prescriptivists who insist that Standard English is "right" and all the rest "wrong" is nearing its end. Read full book review >