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Do You Make These Mistakes in English?: The Story of Sherwin Cody's Famous Language School

Edwin L. Battistella


In the early 1900s, the language of America was becoming colloquial English — the language of the businessman, manager, and professional. Since college and high school education were far from universal, many people turned to correspondence education — that era's distance learning — to learn the art of speaking and writing. By the 1920s and 1930s, thousands were ordering Sherwin Cody's 100% Self‐correcting Course in the English Language, a patented mail‐order course in English that was taken by over 150,000 people. This book tells the story of Sherwin Cody and his famous English course, situati ... More

Keywords: colloquial English, home-study approach, self-improvement ethic, Harvard Classics, Book of Etiquette, Book-of-the-Month Club, U.S. School of Music, Charles Atlas, Dale Carnegie courses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edwin L. Battistella, author
Southern Oregon University
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