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An "exaltation of larks"? Yes! And a "leap of leopards," a "parliament of owls," an "ostentation of peacocks," a "smack of jellyfish," and a "murder of crows"! For those who have ever wondered if the familiar "pride of lions" and "gaggle of geese" were only the tip of a linguistic iceberg, James Lipton has provided the definitive answer: here are hundreds of equally pithy, and often poetic, terms unearthed by Mr. Lipton in the Books of Venery that were the constant study of anyone who aspired to the title of gentleman in the fifteenth century. When Mr. Lipton's painstaking research revealed that five hundred years ago the terms of venery had already been turned into the Game of Venery, he embarked on an odyssey that has given us a "slouch of models," a "shrivel of critics," an "unction of undertakers," a "blur of Impressionists," a "score of bachelors," and a "pocket of quarterbacks." This ultimate edition of An Exaltation of Larks is Mr. Lipton's brilliant answer to the assault on language and literacy in the last decades of the twentieth century. In it you will find more than 1,100 resurrected or newly minted contributions to that most endangered of all species, our language, in a setting of 250 witty, beautiful, and remarkably apt engravings.

About the Author

James Lipton is the creator, executive producer, writer, and host of Inside the Actors Studio, which is seen in eighty-nine million homes in America on the Bravo network, and in 125 countries, and has received fourteen Emmy nominations. He is the author of the novel Mirrors, which he then adapted and produced for the screen, and of the American literary perennial An Exaltation of Larks, and has written the book and lyrics of two Broadway musicals. His television productions include Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Gala, the first presidential concert ever televised; twelve Bob Hope birthday specials, reaching record-breaking audiences; and The Road to China, the first American entertainment program from the People’s Republic. He is a vice president of the Actors Studio, is the founder and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, has received three honorary PhDs, is a recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

An Exaltation of Larks I. The Beginning

II. The Known

III. The Unknown

IV. The Unexpected

V. The Game of Venery: First Move

People, Places and Things

Professions

Home and Family

Daily Life

High Life

Low Life

Romance and Raunch

Medicine and Health

Academe

Science and Technology

Sports

Games and Recreation

Music

Stage

Screen

Arts and Letters

Religion

Politics and Law

Journalism

Business and Finance

Travel

Cops and Robbers

The Armed Services

Zoology

Cases in Point

Afterword

VI. The Game of Venery: Second Move

Index

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kriel.llewellyn, December 25, 2013 (view all comments by kriel.llewellyn)
This book would be an invaluable addition to any writer's library were it not so parochially focussed on US English. What a pity the publishers do not make an edition in International (UK) English available.
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ISBN:
9780140170962
Author:
Lipton, James
Publisher:
Penguin Books
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New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
English
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Terms and phrases
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
English language -- Terms and phrases.
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Alphabets & Writing Systems
Subject:
Reference-Spelling and Vocabulary
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
49-94
Publication Date:
November 1993
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.28x6.11x.87 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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