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King’s English: A Guide to Modern Usage
Kingsley Amis (au)
Throughout his career as a novelist, poet, & literary critic, Kingsley Amis was often concerned with the use & abuse of the English language. Do we know what the words we employ really mean? Do we have the right to use them if we don’t? Should an “exciting” new program be allowed to “hit” your TV screen? When is it acceptable to split an infinitive? And just when is one allowed to begin a sentence with “and”? The enemies of fine prose may dismiss such issues as tiresome & pedantic, but Amis depended upon these very questions to separate the truth from the lie, both in literature & in life. This volume represents Amis’s last word on the state of the language. “An essential book for anyone who cares about the way English is spoken & written.”
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