An indispensable companion for readers, writers, and even casual users of the language, the "Penguin Modern Classics" edition of Kingsley Amis' "The King's English" features a new introduction by Martin Amis. "The King's English" is Kingsley Amis' authoritative and witty guide to the use and abuse of the English language. A scourge of illiteracy ...Read MoreAn indispensable companion for readers, writers, and even casual users of the language, the "Penguin Modern Classics" edition of Kingsley Amis' "The King's English" features a new introduction by Martin Amis. "The King's English" is Kingsley Amis' authoritative and witty guide to the use and abuse of the English language. A scourge of illiteracy and a thorn in the side of pretension, Amis provides indispensable advice about the linguistic blunders that lie in wait for us, from danglers and four-letter words to jargon and even Welsh rarebit. If you have ever wondered whether it's acceptable to start a sentence with 'and', to boldly split an infinitive, or to cross your sevens in the French style, Amis has the answer - or a trenchant opinion. By turns reflective, acerbic and provocative, "The King's English" is for anyone who cares about how the English language is used. Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), born in London, wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories, but is best remembered as the novelist whose works offered a comic deconstruction of post-war Britain. Amis explored his disillusionment with British society in novels such as "Lucky Jim" (1954) and "That Uncertain Feeling" (1955); his other works include "The Green Man" (1970), "Stanley and the Women" (1984), and "The Old Devils" (1986) which won the Booker Prize. If you enjoyed "The King's English" you might like Amis' "Lucky Jim", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "A terrific book...learned, robust, aggressive, extremely funny". (Sebastian Faulks).Read Less
New. 0312186010. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--270 pages. From the publisher: "Throughout his notable career as a novelist, poet, and literary critic, Kingsley Amis was often concerned--the less understanding might say obsessed--with the use and 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 television 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 and pedantic, but Kingsley Amis, like all great novelists, depended upon these very questions to separate the truth from the lie, both in literature and in life. A Parthian shot from one of the most important figures in postwar British fiction, this volume represents Amis's last word on the state of the language. More frolicsome than Fowler's Modern Usage, lighter than the Oxford English Dictionary, and replete with the strong opinions that have made Amis so popular--and so controversial--this book is essential for anyone who cares about the way English is spoken and written."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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