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978-1-888173-94-9 / 9781888173949

The Gift of Fire

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Publisher:Akadine Pr

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Twenty-odd years ago, Richard Mitchell, a professor at New Jerseys Glassboro State College, set out on a quixotic pursuit: the rescue of the English language and the minds of those attached to the world by it. Donning cape and mask as The Underground Grammarian, Mitchell sallied forth upon his newsletter against the nonsense being spoken, written, and, indeed, encouraged by the educational establishment. (One thing led to another, as he tells it, a front page piece in The Wall Street Journal, a proŞle in Time, and other such. Before it was over, The Underground Grammarian came to be, in the world of desktop printing, the Şrst publication to have subscribers on every continent except Antarctica.) What began as a vivid catalog of ignorance and inanity in the written work of professional educators and their hapless students soon became an enterprise of most noble moment: an investigation, via mordant wit and Şerce intelligence, of what we might usefully decide to mean by education. The results of Mitchells inquiries are as stimulating today as they were when Şrst articulated. His project remains a telling explication of how, through writing, we discover thought and make knowledge. It is certainly the most drolly entertaining.

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