Ben Yagoda

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Ben Yagoda : biography

22 February 1954 –

Ben Yagoda (born 22 February 1954) is a writer and educator. He is a professor of journalism and English at the University of Delaware.



He became a freelance journalist for publications such as The New Leader, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. He has published a number of books including About Town: The New Yorker and the World it Made.

Besides his work as a journalism and English professor at the University of Delaware, Yagoda also writes occasionally for a New York Times blog about the English language. at The New York Times

Early life

Born in New York City to Louis Yagoda and the former Harriet Lewis, he grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He entered Yale University to study English in 1971.

Selected bibliography

  • Will Rogers: A Biography (Alfred A. Knopf, 1993; University of Oklahoma Press)
  • The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (Scribner, 1997, ISBN 0-684-83041-8), co-edited with Kevin Kerrane
  • About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made (Scribner, 2000, ISBN 0-684-81605-9)
  • The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing (HarperResource, 2004, ISBN 0-06-621417-3)
  • When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better and/or Worse (Broadway Books, 2007, ISBN 0-7679-2077-5)

Personal life

Yagoda resides in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his wife. They have two daughters.