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Alphabetical Africa

Author : Walter Abish
ISBN : 0811205339
Genre : Fiction
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Alphabetical Africa, Walter Abish's delightful first novel, is an extraordinary linguistic tour de force, high comedy set in an imaginary dark continent that expands and contracts with ineluctable precision, as one by one the author adds the letters of the alphabet to his book, and then subtracts them. While the geoglyphic" African landscape forms and crumbles, it is, among other things, attacked by an army of driver ants, invaded by Zanzibar, painted orange by the transvestite Queen Quat of Tanzania, and becomes a hunting ground for a pair of murderous jewel thieves tracking down their nymphomaniac moll. "
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An Alphabetical Arrangement Of The Wesleyan Methodist Preachers And Missionaries Who Are Now Travelling In Great Britain And In Distant Parts Of The Globe With A View Of All The Circuits And Stations To Which They Have Been Appointed By The Conference From The Commencement Of Their Itinerancy To The Present Period Carefully Extracted From The Printed Minutes

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ISBN : OXFORD:591041762
Genre : Itinerancy (Church polity)
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Author : Michael Rosen
ISBN : 9781619025165
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A “beguiling . . . passionate and funny” biography of the alphabet—from A to Z and umlauts to dictionaries—by a bestselling author “whose fervor is contagious” (Boston Globe). In Alphabetical, Michael Rosen tells the fascinating tale of how our modern alphabet—those twenty-six peculiar shapes and their corresponding sounds—came to be. With a chapter devoted to each letter, Rosen shares personal anecdotes and fascinating facts about the history and evolution of written language. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and the first time sounds were turned into symbols, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pin down the strange story of OK, trace our five lost letters and tackle the tyranny of spelling, among many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to today’s most innovative rappers. Exploring subjects from codes to umlauts and the writing of dictionaries, “Rosen has written a charming and thought-provoking book about what written language represents, how we use it, and the joys and mysteries therein.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review).
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines