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Art and the Color Line (1939 appeal to DAR for permission for Marian Anderson to be heard in Constitution Hall) (USED)

Art and the Color Line (1939 appeal to DAR for permission for Marian Anderson to be heard in Constitution Hall) (USED)

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A primary document in a key moment of the American Civil Rights movement. Stokes seminal proposal printed for the consideration of the executive committee of the DAR October 23, 1939 and for the Marian Anderson Committee.  VG

Chasing the Sun: Dictionary-Makers and the Dictionaries They Made (USED)

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King's English (US) (USED)

King's English (US) (USED)

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Throughout his notable career as a novelist, poet, and literary critic, Kingsley Amis was often concerned - the less understanding might say obsessed - with the use and abuse of English. Do we know what the words we employ really mean? Do we have the right to use them if we don't? Should an "exciting" new program be allowed to "hit" your television screen? Is "disinterest" a word, or is it ignorance? And just when is one allowed to begin a sentence with "and"? The enemies of fine prose may dismiss such issues as tiresome and pedantic, but Kingsley Amis, like all great novelists, depended upon these very questions to separate the truth from the lie, both in literature and in life. A Parthian shot from one of the most important figures in postwar British fiction, The King's English is the late Kingsley Amis's last word on the state of the language.

Words of Wisdom

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