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The Language of the American South (Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures)

ISBN-13: 978-0820307824
ISBN-10: 0820307823
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This is one of those books that make you want to read more books, make you want to read or reread a whole passel of books by Southern writers for the pure pleasure of hearing the people in them talk.

(Philadelphia Inquirer)

[Brooks] has demonstrated once again why he is regarded as one of our most highly competent and engaging scholar-critics. . . . An informatively compact, fluent, scholarly, and edifying inquiry into the most essential tool of the writing trade-language.

(Southern Humanities Review)

A powerful argument against the hegemony of formal, standardized English. The Language of the American South is a compelling reflection on the intertwining of a living, multi-layered language, a people, a literature, and a place.

(Dallas News) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994) was Gray Professor of Rhetoric Emeritus at Yale University. Over his distinguished career, he published innumerable books and articles of great influence on the study of American literature, and in particular southern literature; among them are "The Well-Wrought Urn" and three volumes of a monumental study of William Faulkner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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