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The State Of The Language

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"Sprawling, uncoordinated, uneven, noisy, and appealing," wrote one reviewer of the first edition of this book, published on 1 January 1980. "The language is in rude health," wrote another.
Exactly a decade later, here is the book anew, with the same editors but with fifty fresh contributors writing essays and poems that engage our language today.
Imaginative attention is be
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Paperback, Second Edition, 600 pages
Published January 8th 1990 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1979)
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Tim
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: semi-skimmed
Large collection of essays (with the odd poem bunged in) about aspects of English in 1990. Most but not quite all, I think, specially written for the book.
There are 50 or so contributions. I started all of them but (more and more as I went on) skipped them if they didn't interest me - some of them contained interesting material but were too dry or too whimsical for me to stomach.

I guess nobody but the most facebook-damaged all-liker would enjoy everything in here, given the breadth of approache
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Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks, FBA, is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England) from 2004 to 2009. He is the immediate past-president of the Association of Literary Scholars and ...more
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