The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage

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Macmillan, Jul 30, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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A Parthian shot from one of the most important figures in post-war British fiction, The King's English is the late Kingsley Amis's last word on the state of the language. More frolicsome than Fowler's Modern Usage, lighter than the Oxford English Dictionary, and brimming with the strong opinions and razor-sharp wit that made Amis so popular--and so controversial--The King's English is a must for fans and language purists.
 

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As he aged, British author (and he has an opinion on “British”) Kingsley Amis often got described as “irascible” or something similar. In this book on English usage, he doesn’t come across as ... Read full review

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This book was published posthumously. Likely there were no readers left alive who would have been able to be amused by it. However, it is occasionally interesting, and it is always nice to find more authorities who condemn the split-infinitive rule. Read full review

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Hailed as one of the great prose stylists to appear in England since the Second World War, Kingsley Amis is the author of more than 20 novels, including Lucky Jim and the Booker-prize winning The Old Devils. Also recognized as a distinguished poet and literary critic, he died in 1995.

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