The Story of English: Third Revised Edition

The Story of English: Third Revised Edition

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by Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil, William Cran
     
 

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Now revised, The Story of English is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. Originally paired with a major PBS miniseries, this book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English—from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day, when English is the dominant language of

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Now revised, The Story of English is the first book to tell the whole story of the English language. Originally paired with a major PBS miniseries, this book presents a stimulating and comprehensive record of spoken and written English—from its Anglo-Saxon origins some two thousand years ago to the present day, when English is the dominant language of commerce and culture with more than one billion English speakers around the world. From Cockney, Scouse, and Scots to Gulla, Singlish, Franglais, and the latest African American slang, this sweeping history of the English language is the essential introduction for anyone who wants to know more about our common tongue.

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"Highly enjoyable...A first-rate introduction to one of the most fascinating of subjects." —The New York Times

"Rarely has the English language been scanned so brightly and broadly in a single volume." —The San Francisco Chronicle

Library Journal
A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142002315
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
178,399
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Highly enjoyable...A first-rate introduction to one of the most fascinating of subjects." —The New York Times

"Rarely has the English language been scanned so brightly and broadly in a single volume." —The San Francisco Chronicle

Meet the Author

Robert McCrum is the author of six novels and My Year Off: Rediscovering Life After a Stroke. Now literary editor of The Observer, he is working on an authorized biography of P. G. Wodehouse.

Robert MacNeil was the co-anchor of PBS's The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. His books include two volumes of memoirs and three novels including his latest, Breaking News.

William Cran is the executive producer for the television series The Story of English.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1953
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, England
Education:
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, 1972-75; University of Pennsylvania, 1975-76

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The Story of English: Third Revised Edition 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At my small business college, when I showed selected lectures to my first-term English students, they were entranced. Many of them had no knowledge of the origins of English and were amazed at the wealth and length of history behind modern English. The explanations of specific words' evolutions from their ancient origins into modern forms particularly interested them. The lecturers are brilliant, and their vocabulary will challenge and add to any class's command of language. I highly recommend this set to teachers of English from high school to college level.
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