Language Wars A History of Proper English

ISBN-10: 1250013941
ISBN-13: 9781250013941
Edition: N/A
Authors: Henry Hitchings
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"Hitchings has earned a place at the head table of contemporary linguists... The Language Wars is a luscious mastication on language and culture and humanity, ring-led by the amiable, welcoming Hitchings.' - The Denver PostThe English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter; and often they've had more to do with morality, politics, and values of the age than with language itself. Peopled with intriguing characters such as Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, and Lenny Bruce, The Language Wars is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary state of the English language, its combative history and its future.

Louise Elizabeth Gluck, 1943 - Louise Gluck was born April 22, 1943 in New York City, New York. She grew up on Long Island and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, both in New York State. She is best known for her award winning collection entitled "The Wild Iris". After graduation, Gluck began teaching poetry, accepting positions at various colleges and universities. In 1968, her first collection entitled "Firstborn" was published. Seven years later she published "The House on the Marshland", and in 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In 1993, she was an editor of The Best American Poetry anthology. Her last appointment was as Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College. Louise Gluck is considered one of the most gifted poets of her generation. Known for her well-crafted use of verse and meter, she first garnered attention with "Firstborn", a collection of poetry from 1968. Full of angry emotion and disturbing tone, her poetry deals with the horrible and painful. In 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" was released to thunderous applause, gaining awards in every category. It received the National Book Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. Gluck has received the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannas Literary Award for Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowments for the Arts. Her collection "Ararat", (1990) received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbett National Prize for Poetry. Other collections include "The Garden" and "The Wild Iris". The "Wild Iris", perhaps her most award winning collection acquired the highest honor possible in 1993, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. It also received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award In 1994 she was named Poet Laureate of Vermont, and was elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003, she was named Poet Laureat of the United States.

'To boldly go'
The survival machine
The emergence of English
From Queen Elizabeth to John Locke
Hitting le jackpot
The rough magic of English spelling
The many advantages of a good language
'Bishop Lowth was a fool'
O my America, my new found land!
The long shadow of Lindley Murray
The pedigree of nations
Of fish-knives and fist-fucks
'Our blood, our language, our institutions'
Organizing the Victorian treasure-house
The warden of English
'Speak that I may see thee'
Talking proper
The alphabet and the goddess
Modern life is rubbish
Unholy shit
'It's English-Only here'
The comma flaps its wings
Flaunting the rules
Technology says 'whatever'
'Conquer English to Make China Strong'
What do we do with the flowing face of nature?
Such, such are the joys
Envoi
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography of works consulted
Index

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