Library Journal - Library JournalAfter the 1980 edition comes this all-new compendium by 62 authors from scholarly (Sandra Gilbert, Hugh Kenner, Walter Ong), literary (Kingsley Amis, Ted Hughes, Allison Lurie, Amy Tan), popular (M.F.K. Fisher), and journalistic (Robert MacNeil) backgrounds. Leaning more towards scholarly and literary analyses, these articles discuss the different Englishes; the languages of politics, money, and art; current practices; and opinions about correct usage. More serious and intellectual than William Safire's and Edwin Newman's books on language, this book nevertheless will fascinate anyone interested in our language. Highly recommended.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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