A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English

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Vintage, 1993 - English language - 347 pages
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I originally bought this book for a Linguistics class at university - but it was optional, and I didn't read a page of it. Years later, I picked it back up and I loved it. It doesn't read like a ... Read full review

A mouthful of air: languages, languages-- especially English

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Burgess has written a fascinating study of language. His wide knowledge of languages, music, and literature and his ability to explain the most difficult concepts make this an engrossing book. In the ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 in Manchester, England. He studied language at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He had originally applied for a degree in music, but was unable to pass the entrance exams. Burgess considered himself a composer first, one who later turned to literature. Burgess' first novel, A Vision of Battlements (1964), was based on his experiences serving in the British Army. He is perhaps best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, which was later made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. In addition to publishing several works of fiction, Burgess also published literary criticism and a linguistics primer. Some of his other titles include The Pianoplayers, This Man and Music, Enderby, The Kingdom of the Wicked, and Little Wilson and Big God. Burgess was living in Monaco when he died in 1993.

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