The Art of Spelling

The Art of Spelling

The Madness and the Method

Book - 2000
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Examines what spelling reveals about an individual's personality, native intelligence, education, and desire; traces the history of English spelling; and discusses ways to improve one's own spelling ability.

Norton Pub
A lively, comprehensive look at what our spelling reveals about intelligence and personality--from Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnist, read by over 80 million people. * Is there any hope for dreadful spellers? * How might your spelling illuminate aspects of your personality? * What does your spelling say about your intelligence? Answers to these questions--and many more--can be found in Marilyn vos Savant's delightfully written The Art of Spelling. This book is the result of the "Ask Marilyn" spelling survey, which drew more than 43,000 responses and investigated whether good spelling was a measure of native intelligence, education, personality traits, or desire. With her trademark no-nonsense wit, vos Savant describes the psychological evidence for where good (and bad) spelling originates, provides personality portraits of all kinds of spellers (a superb speller is more likely to keep a tidy house), and offers the most effective methods of spelling improvement known. Vos Savant vividly recounts the turbulent history of English spelling, provides a timely warning against the pitfalls of spell-checkers and other writing tools, and gives a glimpse of a positive future for spelling standards in education. The Art of Spelling will appeal to scholars, students, and language lovers of all ages.

Book News
In this book, based on the results of a Parade magazine "Ask Marilyn" column survey, the author debunks myths about the correlation between spelling and IQ and personality; discusses who set the rules; and offers diagnostic tests, exercises, tips, resources, and 500 commonly misspelled (or is it mispelled?) words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Drawing on the thousands of reponses to the "Ask Marilyn" spelling survey, the Parade magazine columnist examines what spelling reveals about an individual's personalitiy, native intelligence, education, and desire; traces the history of English spelling; and discusses ways to improve one's own spelling ability. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2000
ISBN: 9780393049039
Branch Call Number: 421.52 Vos
Characteristics: 204 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Reilly, Joan


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at IPL.

Try searching for The Art of Spelling to see if IPL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest For Purchase

To Top