History in English Words (Google eBook)

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SteinerBooks, 1967 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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A classic historical excursion through the English language.Owen Barfield's original and thought-provoking works over three-quarters of a century made him a legendary cult figure. This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words -- whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning, record and unlock the larger history.
  

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User Review  - Ben Mcfarland - Goodreads

I wish I had read this book earlier. Throughout all my reading of Owen Barfield, I wanted to know more about the philology that shaped his thoughts. I got a taste of that in Poetic Diction, but that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leila Bowers - Goodreads

Interesting - didn't finish all of it, but the most accessible of Barfield's work that I have encountered. Read full review

Contents

THE ENGLISH NATION
13
Philogy and the Aryans
15
The Settlement and Europe
32
England before the Reformation
48
Modern England
64
PART II
83
Myth
85
Philosophy and Religion
100
Devotion
123
Experiment
144
Personality and Reason
161
Mechanism
183
Imagination
201
Afterword
221
Index
225
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Owen Barfield (1898-1997), British philosopher and critic, has been called the "First and Last Inkling" because of his influential and enduring role in the group known as the Oxford Inklings, which included C.S. lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. It was Barfield who first advanced the ideas about language, myth, and belief that became identified with the thought and art of the Inklings. The author of numerous books, his history of the evolution of human consciousness, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, achieved a place in the list of the '100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century'.

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