Words on the Air: Essays on Language, Manners, Morals, and Laws
by John Sparrow
University of Chicago Press, 1981
Cloth: 978-0-226-76851-9
Library of Congress Classification AC8.S6588
Dewey Decimal Classification 081

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Proper words in proper places, remarked Dean Swift, make the true definition of style. According to this definition, John Sparrow fully qualifies as a stylist. His skillful compound of wit, pungency, and accurate observation, his irreverence, his ear for language and hatred of cant are unsurpassed. This book brings together pieces broadcast by the BBC, a series of lectures at the University of Chicago, and, even, a university sermon. It proves that John Sparrow is one of those rare people whose spoken words lose none of their power when translated to the printed page.

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