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The State of the Language [1990]

by Christopher Ricks (Editor), Leonard Michaels (Editor)

Other authors: Sylvia Adamson (Contributor), John Algeo (Contributor), Kingsley Amis (Contributor), Richard W. Bailey (Contributor), Michael Bawtree (Contributor)57 more, Leon Botstein (Contributor), Robert Burchfield (Contributor), Michael Callen (Contributor), Seymour Chatman (Contributor), David Dabydeen (Contributor), Donald Davie (Contributor), Arthur Delbridge (Contributor), Margaret A. Doody (Contributor), M. F. K. Fisher (Contributor), Bryan A. Garner (Contributor), Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Contributor), Sandra M. Gilbert (Contributor), Lorrie Goldensohn (Contributor), Sidney Greenbaum (Contributor), John Gross (Contributor), Jan Zita Grover (Contributor), Roy Harris (Contributor), Liz Hasse (Contributor), Anthony Hecht (Contributor), Michael Heim (Contributor), John Hollander (Contributor), Ted Hughes (Contributor), Robert Ilson (Contributor), Hugh Kenner (Contributor), Wayne Koestenbaum (Contributor), Hermione Lee (Contributor), Paul Lenti (Contributor), Wendy Lesser (Contributor), David Lodge (Contributor), Alison Lurie (Contributor), William Lutz (Contributor), Robert MacNeil (Contributor), Medbh McGuckian (Contributor), Leonard Michaels (Contributor), Martha Minow (Contributor), Paul Muldoon (Contributor), Lisa Nemrow (Contributor), Geoffrey Nunberg (Contributor), Kathleen Odean (Contributor), Walter J. Ong (Contributor), Robert Pinsky (Contributor), Fiona Pitt-Kethley (Contributor), J. Enoch Powell (Contributor), Randolph Quirk (Contributor), Frederic Raphael (Contributor), Elizabeth Rees (Contributor), David Reid (Contributor), Christopher Ricks (Contributor), Michael Rogers (Contributor), Suzanne Romaine (Contributor), Roger Scruton (Contributor), Nikki Stiller (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), Keith Thomas (Contributor), Chris Wallace-Crabbe (Contributor), Marina Warner (Contributor), E. S. C. Weiner (Contributor)

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This anthology of essays about language includes Fisher's
"Further Thoughts: The Correct Spelling of a Secret Word" (pp. 138-39).
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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 bestowed on the changes of recent years, changes not only in the language but in how language is understood. In the forefront are the relations between British English, American English, and those other Englishes with which they compete or cooperate.
The nervous negotiations of gender and feminism. The darkness of AIDS. The bright flicker of the computer. The old smolderings of "standard English" and correctness. The "bad language" that has lately done so well in our society. How all this has been politicized--or is it rather that its inevitably political nature has only now been recognized?
Here these and many other facets of the language catch the various light. What has changed is understood in relation to what has not changed, and what has been gained in relation to what has been lost. There is sweep as well as detail, telescope as well as microscope, in this contemplation of the world of our language as it enters the world of the 1990s.
The State of the Language has been prepared in cooperation with the English-Speaking Union of San Francisco.

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