Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Publisher : Penguin
ISBN_10 : 9781101980248
Copyright Year : 2016-06-14
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“A delightful mix of grammar and growth, words and wonder.” – The Washington Post An entertaining exploration of the richness and relevance of the Latin language and literature, and an inspiring account of finding renewed purpose through learning something new and challenging After thirty-five years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, aimless, and lost in the woods, she hoped to challenge her restless, word-loving brain by beginning a serious study of Latin at local colleges. As she begins to make sense of Latin grammar and syntax, her studies open unexpected windows into her own life. The louche poetry of Catullus calls up her early days in 1970s New York, Lucretius elucidates her intractable drivenness and her attraction to Buddhism, while Ovid’s verse conjures a delightful dimension to the flora and fauna that surround her. Women in Roman history, and an ancient tomb inscription give her new understanding and empathy for her tragic, long deceased mother. Finally, Virgil reconciles her to her new life—no longer an urban exile, but a rustic scholar, writer and teacher. Along the way, she meets an impassioned cast of characters: professors, students and classicists outside of academia who keep Latin very much alive. Written with humor, heart, and an infectious enthusiasm for words, Patty’s book is an object lesson in how learning and literature can transform the past and lead to an unexpected future. From the Hardcover edition.

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📒 A Dead Language by Peter Rushforth

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN_10 : 9781471151033
Copyright Year : 2015-04-09
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Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton - the faithless young naval lieutenant who abandons Madam Butterfly - was glimpsed fleetingly in Peter Rushforth's previous novel, Pinkerton's Sister. Now Ben steps out of the shadows and into the centre of the stage, a young man haunted by the desolation of his boyhood years, unable to show or respond to love. He's about to sail for Japan. But his imminent departure conjures up the life he and his sister have led, and the monstrous act for which he is most remembered: the rejection and destruction of a pure and loving heart. What happened to him then will mark his whole life. He is his own man, but he is also his sister's brother. Once again, in his mastery of language, his extraordinary imagination, his superb sense of time and place, Peter Rushforth has given the world a second masterpiece, ranking alongside, or surpassing, his earlier triumph.

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📒 Dead Languages by David Shields

Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Graywolf Press
ISBN_10 : 1555970303
Copyright Year : 2011-07-05
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In Dead Languages by David Shields, Jeremy Zorn's mother tries unsuccessfully to coax him into saying "Philadelphia," and his life becomes framed by his unwieldy attempts at articulation. Through family rituals with his word-obsessed parents and sister, failed first love, an ill-fated run for class president, as the only Jewish boy on an otherwise all-black basketball team, all of the passages of Jeremy's life are marked in some way by his stutter and his wildly off-the-mark attempts at a cure. It is only when he enters college and learns his strong-willed mother is dying that he realizes all languages, when used as hiding places for the heart, are dead ones.

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Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN_10 : 9781118559956
Copyright Year : 2014-06-24
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An Introduction to Language offers an engaging guide tothe nature of language, focusing on how language works – itssounds, words, structures, and phrases – all investigatedthrough wide-ranging examples from Old English to contemporary popculture. Explores the idea of a scientific approach to language,inviting students to consider what qualities of language compriseeveryday skills for us, be they sounds, words, phrases, orconversation Helps shape our understanding of what language is, howit works, and why it is both elegantly complex and essentialto who we are Includes exercises within each chapter to help readers explorekey concepts and directly observe the patterns that are part of allhuman language Examines linguistic variation and change to illustrate socialnuances and language-in-use, drawing primarily on examples fromEnglish Avoids linguistic jargon, focusing instead on a broader andmore general approach to the study of language, and making it idealfor those coming to the subject for the first time Supported by additional web resources – available uponpublication at ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/hazen/introlanguage"www.wiley.com/go/hazen/introlanguage/a– including student study aids and testbank and notes forinstructors

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Genre : Self-Help
Publisher : Osho Media International
ISBN_10 : 9780880504287
Copyright Year : 2013-01-21
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'Born with a Question Mark in Your Heart' continues the AUTHENTIC LIVING series by Osho with talks by the contemporary mystic during his stay in the United States. Osho says: "It is fortunate that man is born with a question mark, otherwise he would be just another species of animal." This volume is a radical questioning of traditional belief systems in religious, political, and social dimensions. Here Osho encourages readers to ask questions that are immediate and existentially significant — not borrowed or intellectual questions, but questions with an existential significance. Born With a Question Mark in Your Heart promotes personal transformation through experience and spirituality without organized religion.

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📒 Long Live Latin by Nicola Gardini

Genre : Literary Criticism
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN_10 : 9780374717049
Copyright Year : 2019-11-12
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A lively exploration of the joys of a not-so-dead language From the acclaimed novelist and Oxford professor Nicola Gardini, a personal and passionate look at the Latin language: its history, its authors, its essential role in education, and its enduring impact on modern life—whether we call it “dead” or not. What use is Latin? It’s a question we’re often asked by those who see the language of Cicero as no more than a cumbersome heap of ruins, something to remove from the curriculum. In this sustained meditation, Gardini gives us his sincere and brilliant reply: Latin is, quite simply, the means of expression that made us—and continues to make us—who we are. In Latin, the rigorous and inventive thinker Lucretius examined the nature of our world; the poet Propertius told of love and emotion in a dizzying variety of registers; Caesar affirmed man’s capacity to shape reality through reason; Virgil composed the Aeneid, without which we’d see all of Western history in a different light. In Long Live Latin, Gardini shares his deep love for the language—enriched by his tireless intellectual curiosity—and warmly encourages us to engage with a civilization that has never ceased to exist, because it’s here with us now, whether we know it or not. Thanks to his careful guidance, even without a single lick of Latin grammar readers can discover how this language is still capable of restoring our sense of identity, with a power that only useless things can miraculously express.

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Genre : History
Publisher : Yale University Press
ISBN_10 : 0300124295
Copyright Year : 2007
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The legendary Oxford English Dictionary today contains over 600,000 words and a staggering 2,500,000 quotations to illuminate the meaning and history of those words. A glorious, bursting treasure-house, the OED serves as a guardian of the literary jewels of the past, a testament to the richness of the English language today, and a guarantor of future understanding of the language. In this book, Charlotte Brewer begins her account of the OED at the point where others have stopped--the publication of the final installment of the first edition in 1928--and carries it through to the metamorphosis of the dictionary into a twenty-first-century electronic medium. Brewer describes the difficulties of keeping the OED up to date over time and recounts the recurring debates over finances, treatment of contentious words, public vs. scholarly expectations, proper sources of quotations, and changing editorial practices. With humor and empathy, she portrays the predilections and personalities of the editors, publishers, and assistants who undertook the Sisyphean task of keeping apace with the modern explosion of vocabulary. Utilizing rich archives in Oxford as well as new electronic resources, the author uncovers a history no less complex and fascinating than the Oxford English Dictionary itself.

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Genre : French language
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ISBN_10 : NYPL:33433082296702
Copyright Year : 1843
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Genre : Rationalism
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ISBN_10 : BL:A0022550075
Copyright Year : 1794
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📒 The Living Word Of God by Ben Witherington

Genre : Religion
Publisher : Baylor University Press
ISBN_10 : 9781602580176
Copyright Year : 2007
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A provocative examination of the Bible in Christian tradition and contemporary culture

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