The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy [EPUB]
15 December 2016, 20:16
2002 | EPUB | 1.32MB
Best known for his great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Tolstoy remains one the most important nineteenth-century writers; throughout his career which spanned nearly three quarters of a century, he wrote fiction, journalistic essays and educational textbooks. The specially commissioned essays in The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy do justice to the sheer volume of Tolstoy's writing. Key dimensions of his writing and life are explored in essays focusing on his relationship to popular writing, the issue of gender and sexuality in his fiction and his aesthetics. The introduction provides a brief, unified account of the man, for whom his art was only one activity among many. The volume is well supported by supplementary material including a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology of Tolstoy's life, the most comprehensive compiled in English to date. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.
The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words [EPUB]
15 December 2016, 18:53
2016 | EPUB | 2.01MB
How well do you know your words?
Buxom used to mean obedient
A cloud was a rock
Raunchy originally meant dirty
Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.
Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past.
Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table . . .
Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.
So, let’s revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity – our dictionary is indeed accidental.
Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons: The Origins of English in Ten Words [EPUB]
15 December 2016, 18:50
2013 | EPUB | 0.6MB
What do the words haggard, mews, codger, arouse, musket, poltroon, gorge, allure, pounce and turn-tail have in common? The answer - they're all descended from falconry.
Word origins guide Haggard Hawks & Paltry Poltroons collects together the remarkable histories of 500 English words and uniquely presents them in 50 sets of ten like this, linked together by some extraordinary etymological or linguistic quirk. From 10 Words Derived from Colors to 10 Words Invented by Shakespeare, here you'll find the connections between ampersands and alarm clocks, praline and chauvinism, tuxedos and Texas, bidets and cavalries, and much, much more. Familiar words mingle with the unfamiliar and the downright bizarre, and each word is dealt with in accessible yet informative detail, over offering a fascinating insight into all corners and eccentricities of the English language.