Henry Hitchings





Henry Hitchings


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Henry Hitchings is the author of The Language Wars, The Secret Life of Words, Who’s Afraid of Jane Austen?, and Defining the World. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines and is the theater critic for the London Evening Standard.

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The Secret Life of Words: H...

3.66 avg rating — 418 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
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The Language Wars: A Histor...

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Defining the World: The Ext...

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Sorry!: The English and The...

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How to Really Talk about Bo...

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Browse: The World in Bookshops

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Who's Afraid of Jane Austen?

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Pride and Prejudice

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“The history of prescriptions about English ... is in part a history of bogus rules, superstitions, half-baked logic, groaningly unhelpful lists, baffling abstract statements, false classifications, contemptuous insiderism and educational malfeasance. But it is also a history of attempts to make sense of the world and its bazaar of competing ideas and interests.”
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“In his entry under the verb ‘to antedate’, Johnson quotes the essayist Jeremy Collier: ‘By reading, a man does, as it were, antedate his life, and makes himself contemporary with the ages past.’ It is Johnson’s engagement with the past and his revival of a diffuse pot-pourri of materials that make the Dictionary such an unexpectedly vibrant work. At”
Henry Hitchings, Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary

“gloomy, pensive, discontented temper This melancholy flatters, but unmans you; What is it else but penury of soul, A lazy frost, a numbness of the mind? —JOHN DRYDEN AT”
Henry Hitchings, Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary

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