Read with pleasure: thanks for the wonderful new book

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 11 19:50:28 UTC 2002

I'm sure every ADS member on the list (and that's all of us, right?)
will share my enthusiasm over the Allen Walker Read compendium that
just came in the mail (ADS Pub. #26, _Milestones in the History of
English in America_).  It contains, inter (many) alia, AWR's
groundbreaking expose of OK (the real story and the folklore) and, muckraking analysis of the F-word, along with
autobiographical sketches, letters from Tom Paikeday and others,
various papers on British and (or vs.) U.S. English, and the
impressive bibliography of AWR's publications.  Kudos to all
involved, including Ron Butters (for the ADS connection), Richard
Bailey (editor), Frank Abate (indexer), and my former undergraduate
student Anne Curzan for their individual and collective help in
bringing this to us, and of course most of all to the nonpareil Allen
Walker Read himself.


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