History in English Words

Owen Barfield; Foreword by W. H. Auden

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A classic historical excursion through the English language.

Format:
paperback
Size:
210 x 140 mm
Publisher:
Lindisfarne Books
Subject:
Philosophy of Human Life; Art & Literature
Extent:
240 pages
ISBN:
9780940262119
Publication date:
26 Sep 2002
Edition:
2nd edition

Description

A classic historical excursion through the English language.

Owen Barfield's original and thought-provoking works over three-quarters of a century made him a legendary cult figure. This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words -- whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning, record and unlock the larger history.

Author

Owen Barfield (1898-1997), British philosopher and critic, has been called the "First and Last Inkling" because of his influential and enduring role in the group known as the Oxford Inklings, which included C.S. lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. It was Barfield who first advanced the ideas about language, myth, and belief that became identified with the thought and art of the Inklings. The author of numerous books, his history of the evolution of human consciousness, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, achieved a place in the list of the '100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century'.

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