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The Language of Thackeray - K. C. [Kenneth Charles] Phillipps

André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch], 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “I am ashamed to remember, wrote C. S. Lewis, for how many years, as a boy and a young man, I read nineteenth-century fiction, without noticing how often its language differed from ours. In recent years, several titles in the Language Library have been concerned to illuminate these differences. This book considers the language of Thackeray in much the same way that G. L. Brook scrutinised that of Dickens, and is also, in many ways, a sequel to the author’s own Jane Austen’s English.

Kenneth Phillipps examines changes in usage from the Regency to the Victorian period, mid-Victorian slang, class distinctions as revealed in dialogue and modes of address, and one technique of which Thackeray is an acknowledged master: the, invention of wittily-appropriate proper names. Since historians of the language are increasingly concerning themselves with the modern period, and with changes in English over the last few centuries, the penetrating discussion of Thackeray’s skill revealed in that triumph of eighteenth-century pastiche, Henry Esmond, and also in Barry Lyndon, will be of especial interest.

Jane Austen’s English was hailed as ‘a boon to students of her novels or to anyone with an interest in language generally’ (Times Educational Supplement. This present study has the same two-fold interest; a guide to Thackeray’s linguistic skill, which does full justice to his wit.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Language Library series. 205 pages.
£6.50

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