Chasing The Muse
The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left
by David Crystal
The Fight For English
by David Crystal
reviewed by C. Michael Becker
The title of David Crystal's book The Fight for English manages to suggest the two questions central to its thought provoking and surprisingly entertaining subjects: "What is there to 'fight for' over English?" and "Who would do such a thing?" The answer, the reason that this volume should be considered required reading for anyone who has taken up a pen, who has fitted spool and paper into typewriter or who has had a love/hate relationship with a computer's word processing program is simply that the combatants have been (and are most likely to remain) us: authors of every stripe, both literary and academic (prose, poet, graffito artist), editors and even the printers who have steadfastly enforced their own prejudices (some educated, some not) on manuscripts with complete disregard for the proofreading marks on the copy before them.
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C. Michael Becker was born in Chicago, Illinois, and has been a resident of Naperville since 1982. He received the Master of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University before devoting thirty years to a career in employee benefits. He retired to concentrate on freelance and creative writing and photography. His essays, short stories, poetry and photography have appeared in the Naperville Writers' Group Rivulets and Rockford Writers' Guild Review, the Online Journal of the Dana Literary Society as well as Chicago area newspapers. His collection of poetry and photography, The Dead Letter Office, was published in July 2006. He is currently writing a novel.
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