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The Language Wars: A History of Proper Englishby Henry Hitchings
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"Exemplary…Hitchings has created a fascinating, wholly readable, and gratifyingly informative book."---Financial Times (London)
The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter; often theyve had more to do with morality, politics, and the 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 contested history, and its future.
About the Author
Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He is the author of The Secret Life of Words, Whos 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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