The Mother Tongue

Bill Bryson, Author
Bill Bryson, Author Harper Perennial $14.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-380-71543-5
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Hardcover - 270 pages - 978-0-688-07895-9
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Hardcover - 326 pages - 978-1-4056-1473-3
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Bryson's blend of linguistic anecdotes and Anglo-Saxon cultural history proves entertaining but superficial. ``While his historical review is thorough. . . he mostly reiterates conventional views about English's structural superiority,'' said PW. ``He retells old tales with fresh verve . . . but becomes sloppy when matters of rhetoric and grammar arise.'' (Sept.)
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