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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

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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