A writer's bibliography

People ask me for advice on books to get when they want to improve their command of written (or indeed even spoken) English, so I have given details of some of the books I know on the subject. I have also included dictionaries of various kinds of specialized subjects including phrases and quotations, and books on language history and linguistics both of English and generally, on writing successfully, on the history of writing and signs and symbols, and on the lore of books. Let me make it clear that I own a printed copy of each of the books listed here — and I have read a good deal of them (though obviously not sequentially in the case of the purely reference volumes). (I haven't just picked out a bunch of titles from the public library or bookstore websites!)
I have excluded from this page the contents of my shelves of books relating to foreign languages, apart from books such as Le Ton beau de Marot that discuss the business of translating from one language to another; it refers particularly to French, Russian, and Chinese, in relation to particular authors, and look at other interesting examples of that linguistic and literary problem.
General dictionaries (& thesauri) of the English language

The American Heritage Dictionary - Second College Edition (1568 pp.)

Staff under Margery S. Berube Director of Editorial Operations

Houghton Mifflin Company 1976

0395329434

The Cassell Concise Dictionary “Major New Edition” but also “first published 1997” after “Cassell's English Dictionary first published 1891; Cassell's Concise English Dictionary first published 1989; The Cassell Concise English Dictionary last revised edition 1994” (xiv + 1711 pp.)

Consultant Editor Lesley Brown

Cassell 1989, 1997

0304347795

Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary “New Edition” 1972 (xii  + 1649pp.)

Edited by A M Macdonald, OBE BA

Chambers 1972..74

055010206X

Chambers 21st Century Dictionary (x + 1654 pp.)

Editor-in-Chief Mairi Robinson

Chambers / Larousse 1996

0550105880

The Chambers Dictionary (xviii + 2062 pp.)

Managing editor Catherine Schwarz

Chambers Harrap 1994

0550102558

Collins COBUILD English Language Dictionary
(COBUILD = Collins Birmingham University International Language Database) (xxiv + 1703 pp.)

Editor in Chief John Sinclair

Collins 1987

0003700232

Collins English Dictionary “Complete and unabridged” - Sixth edition (xvi + 1872 pp.)

Editors led by Jeremy Butterfield

Harper Collins Publishers 2003

0007109822

New Collins Thesaurus “A Creative Wordfinder in Dictionary Form”

Managing Editor William T. McLeod

Collins 1984..87

0004330587

The DK Illustrated Oxford Dictionary (1008 pp.)
(DK = Dorling Kindersley Limited)

 

DK Publishing Inc & Oxford University Press

0789435578

Encarta World English Dictionary (xxxii + 2175 pp.)

Editor-in-Chief Dr Kathy Rooney

Bloomsbury Publishing 1999

0747543712

Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary of the English Language “Emphatype Edition” (1572 + xviii pp. In two volumes)

Editor Charles Earle Funk, Litt.D.

Funk & Wagnalls Company 1956

 

Longman Dictionary of the English Language
(1876 + xxviii pp.)

Prof. Randolph Quirk (chairman of panel of experts)

Longman Group/Merriam-Webster 1984

0582555116

The Macquarie Dictionary “The National Dictionary” [of Australian English] - Second Edition (2048 + xxvi pp.)

Edited by A Delbridge, JRL Bernard, D Blair, P Peters, & S Butler

The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd (2nd Ed.) 1991..5

0949757632

The Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles - First Edition, Compact Edition (4116 + xiv pp. in two volumes reproducing, photographically reduced four per side, 16464 + xxxii pp. in the original publication)

Staff chiefly under James Murray (see “The Meaning of Everything” 2003)

BCA 1979 &
Oxford University Press 1971

Abbrev: OED1 

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles Third Edition (2672 + xxx pp. in two volumes)

W Little, H W Fowler & J Coulson Rev. & Ed. C T Onions

Clarendon Press Oxford 1973..77

 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English - Ninth edition

Edited by Della Thompson

Clarendon Press Oxford 1995

 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English -Sixth edition

Edited by J.B.Sykes

Oxford University Press 1976

 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English -Third edition

Revised by H.W.Fowler and H.G.Le Mesurier

Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1934, reprinted 1938

 

The Little Oxford Dictionary -Sixth edition

Edited by Julia Swannell

Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1986

0198611889

The New Penguin English Dictionary (1642 + xii pp.)

Consultant Editor Robert Allen

Penguin Books 2000 (ISBN 2003)

014051533X

Reader's Digest Universal Dictionary

Consultant Editor Dr Robert Ilson

Reader's Digest 1987

0276411587

Roget's International Thesaurus Third Edition

 

Collins 1963..72

0004340515

The Times English Dictionary (1882 + xxxviii pp.)

General Consultant J.M. Sinclair

“Times Books” — HarperCollins 2000

0004724607

Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged with Seven Language Dictionary (3136+72 pp. In three volumes)

Editor-in-Chief Philip B Gove

Merriam Webster Company 1971

0877790019

Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (1536 + 32 pp.)

Editor-in-Chief Henry Bosley Woolf G. & C. Merriam Co. 1977 0-87779-348-4

New Webster's Dictionary of the English Language - Deluxe Encyclopedic Edition (2120 + xxx pp.)

Staff under Dana F. Kellerman

Delair Publishing Co Inc 1981

 

Specialized English dictionaries
Special aspects of English vocabulary

The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations: The abbreviations of the modern world explained - in full

Edited by Market House books & OUP editors

Oxford University Press 1992

0198691726

The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Words

George Stone Saussy III

Penguin Books1984

 

The Illustrated Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words

The Diagram Group

Robson Books 2000

1861053215

Room's Dictionary of Confusibles

Adrian Room

Routledge & Kegan Paul 1979..81

0710001207

Chambers Dictionary of Idioms

Compiled by Penny Hands

Chambers Harrap 1996

0550107304

Twentieth Century Words - The story of the new words in English over the last hundred years

John Ayto

Oxford University Press 1999

 

The Oxford Dictionary of New Words - The intriguing stories behind 2,000 new words in the news

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles with Julia Elliott

Oxford University Press 1997

 

The Oxford Dictionary of New Words - A popular guide to words in the news

Compiled by Sarah Tulloch

Oxford University Press 1991

 

Longman Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

Rosemary Courtney

Addison Wesley Longman 1983..97

0582058643

Cassell Guide to Related Words - New Edition

S.I.Hayakawa, Eugene Ehrlich

Cassell (HarperCollins) 1994

 

Special modes of presentation

Reader's Digest Reverse Dictionary (768 pp.)

Editor John Ellison Kahn, MA, Dphil

Reader's Digest 1989

 

The Facts on File Visual Dictionary “Look up the word from the picture find the picture from the word.”

Editor-in-chief Jean-Claude Corbell

Facts on File Publications, Éditions Québec/Amériwue Inc. 1988

0948894067

Phrase and saying

Brewer 's Dictionary of Twentieth Century Phrase & Fable - 2nd Edition

E. Cobham Brewer, LLD

Cassell (Market House Books) 1991 2nd Edition 1993

0304343714

The Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

E. Cobham Brewer, LLD

Avenel Books NY 1978

0517259214

A Dictionary of Catch Phrases British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day - Second Edition

Eric Partridge Edited by Paul Beale

Routledge 2nd Ed. 1985..93

041505916X

Dictionary of Modern Phrase

Graeme Donald

Simon Schuster 1994

0671713094

The Facts On File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

Robert Hendrickson

Facts on File Publications 1987

0816010129

Phrases & Sayings

Nigel Rees

Bloomsbury 1995

 

As they say in Zanzibar: Proverebial Wisdom from Around the World

David Crystal

Collins 2006

0-00-721202-x

I Hear America Talking -An Illustrated History of American Words and Phrases

Stuart Berg Flexner

Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) 1976

0671249940

Slang

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Tony Thorne

Bloomsbury 1990..97

074752856X

Macquarie Book of Slang -Australian Slang in the 90s

General editor James Lambert

Macquarie Library 1996

 

Roger's Profanisaurus

 

VIZ

 

Specialized terminology or subject matter

The BCS Glossary of ICT and Computing Terms - Eleventh Edition (452 + xxbsp;pp.)

     

The Dreamer's Dictionary -the interpretation of dreams

Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

Treasure Press 1974..91

0907812937

IEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical & Electronics Terms - Second Edition An American National Standard approved 12 May 1978 (882 + xii pp.)

Editor-in-Chief Frank Jay

IEEE, Inc. New York with Wiley-Interscience a division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1977..8

 

The Faber Dictionary of Euphemisms

R.W.Holder

Faber & Faber 1987..89

 

Larousse Dictionary of World Folklore

Alison Jones

Larousse 1995

0752300121

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Chris Baldick

Oxford University Press 1991

0198661797

Concise Medical Dictionary

Editor Elizabeth A. Martin MA

Oxford University Press 1980

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes

Edited by Iona and Peter Opie

Oxford University Press 1951..92

TSP

The Skeptic's Dictionary -A collection of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions & dangerous delusions

Robert Todd Carroll

Wiley 2003

0471272426

Crossword puzzles

Chambers Crossword Dictionary (904 + xxxix pp.)

     

The Complete Crossword Companion

Jeremy Howard-Williams

HarperCollins

 

Concise Crossword Dictionary (448 pp.)

Tiger Books International

Geddes & Grosset 1993

1855013266

Collins Pocket Reference Puzzle Solver

Managing Editor Marian Makins

HarperCollins 1994

0004706722

 

Dictionaries of names

A Dictionary of English Place-Names

A.D.Mills

Oxford University Press1993

 

The Guinness Book of Names

Leslie Dunkling

Guinness Superlatives 1974

 

The Oxford Names Companion comprising A Dictionary of Surnames, A Dictionary of First Names and A Dictionary of British Place-Names (xvi + 1264 pp.)

Patrick Hanks Flavia Hodges A.D.Mills Adrian Room

Oxford University Press 2002

0198605617

The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names - Third Edition

E.G. Withycombe

Oxford University Press 1945..
3rd Edition 1977..93

 

The Penguin Dictionary of Proper Names

Based on the original edition by Geoffrey Payton revised and updated by John Paxton

Viking (Penguin Group) 1969..91

0670825735

Dictionaries of quotations

Cassell Companion to Quotations

Nigel Rees

Cassell 2001

0304357200

Cassell Dictionary of Anecdotes

Nigel Rees

Cassell 1999

0304351954

Cassell Dictionary of Insulting Quotations

Jonathon Green

Cassell 1996

0304349267

Cassell Dictionary of Regrettable Quotations

David Milsted

Cassell 1999

0304352136

Cassell's Humorous Quotations

Nigel Rees

Cassell 1997

030435192X

Chambers Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Nigel Rees

Chambers/TSP 1993

 

Going To Hades Is Easy - Facilis Descensus Averno - Witty Latin sayings by wise Romans

Compiled and translated by Rose Williams

Michael O'Mara Books 2000

1854795899

The Guiness Dictionary of Poisonous Quotations

Compiled by Colin Jarman

Guiness Publishing 1991

0851129587

Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle

Edited by Anne Stibbs

Bloomsbury 1992

074751173X

The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations

Ned Sherrin

Oxford University Press 1995

0192142445

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Second Edition

 

Oxford University Press 1953..75

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Third Edition

 

Oxford University Press 1979..81

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Third Edition Special Edition for IBM United Kingdom Limited

 

Oxford University Press for IBM 1988

 

Quotations For Our Time

Compiled by Dr Laurence Peter

Souvenir Press 1977..96

0285633104

Music Lovers' Quotations

Edited by Helen Exley

Exley Publications 1991..94

1850152675

Lexicography: dictionaries and their history

A Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary - The essential companion and user's guide

Donna Lee Berg

Oxford University Press 1993

0198691793

Chasing the Sun - Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made

Jonathon Green

Pimlico (Random House) 1997

0712662162

The Surgeon of Crowthorne - A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words

Simon Winchester

Viking / Penguin Group 1998

0670878626

The Meaning of Everything - The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Simon Winchester

Oxford University Press 2003

0198607024

Johnson's Dictionary - A Modern Selection

E.L.McAdam, Jr. & George Milne

BCA

 

Reference guidance on English grammar & usage
Books in this table may or may not concentrate on American English, or British English, or other standards; but for all books A or B or X respectively in the first column indicates the author's expected starting point. Books that carefully cover equally all English speaking countries have no indication.

 

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
(At 1779 pages, the biggest textbook of grammar.)

Prof. Sir Randolph Quirk, CBE, FBA; Prof. Sidney Greenbaum; Prof. Geoffrey Leech;
Prof. Jan Svartvik

Longman 1985

0582517346

B

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

Sylvia Chalker & Edmund Weiner

BCA in association with Oxford University Press 1994

 
 

The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (Third Edition)

R.W. Burchfield (Editor)

Oxford University Press 1996 and updates

0198691262

B

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Second Edition)

H.W. Fowler, revised by Sir Ernest Gowers

Oxford University Press 1968

0198691157

A

Modern American Usage (a “Fowler” for Americans)

Wilson Follett edited and completed (after Follett's death) by Jacques Barzun.

Hill and Wang 1966

 

A

Modern American Usage (for pre-WW2 British people unfamiliar with, but planning to visit, the United States)

H.W.Horwill (an English author)

Oxford University Press 1935

 

X

Australian English Style Guide

Pam Peters

Cambrisge University Press 1995

0521576342

B

Practical English Usage (Second Edition)

Michael Swan

Oxford University Press1980, 1995

019431197 pbk

B

The Complete Plain Words

Sir Ernest Gowers

Pelican Books 1962..69

 

B

The Complete Plain Words

Sir Ernest Gowers
Revised by Sidney Greenbaum & Janet Whitcut

HMSO 1986

0117011215

A

The Elements of Style (3rd Edition with index)

William Strunk Jr. and E.B.White

Macmillan 1959, 1972, 1979 ...

0024182001

B

The King's English (third edition)

H.W. Fowler and F.G.Fowler

Oxford University Press1931

 

B

The King's English (new version) by Kingsley Amis

 

HarperCollins 1997/8

0006387462

B

Usage and Abusage 4th edition (revised)

Eric Partridge

Hmish Hamilton 1948

 

A

The Oxford Essential Guide to Writing

Thomas S. Kane

Berkeley Books 2000; Oxford University Press 1988

0425176401

B

A Concise Dictionary of Correct English

B.A.Phythian

Hodder & Stoughton 1979

0340240601

B

Rediscover Grammar with David Crystal

David Crystal

Longman Group 1988

0582002583

B

Overseas Students' Companion to English Studies

J.B.Heaton & J.P.Stocks

Longmans 1966

 

B

English Lessons for English People

Edwin A. Abbott, DD and Sir J.R.Seeley, KCMG

Seeley & Co Ltd 1906

 

B

Collins Good Writing Guide

Graham King et al.
(Foreword by Philip Howard)

Collins 2001/BCA 2004

 

Reference guides on English punctuation

A

The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation

Rene J. Cappon

Perseus 2003

0738207853

B

Cassell's Guide to Punctuation

Loreto Todd

Cassell 1995

0304357863

B

Chambers Guide to Punctuation

Edited by Kay Cullen

Chambers Harrap 1999

0550141405

B

Collins Wordpower: Punctuation

Graham King

HarperCollins 2000

0004723732

A

Improve Your Punctuation

Nicole Irving

Usborne 2000

0746042388

B

One Step Ahead: Punctuation

Robert Allen

Oxford University Press 2002

0198604394

B

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation

R.L. Trask

Penguin 1997

0140513663

A

Pocket Guide to Punctuation (2nd Edition)

 

Merriam Webster 2001

0877795177

A

Write Right: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar & Style

Jan Venolia

Ten Speed Press 1979..2001

1580083285

B

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Lynne Truss

Profile Books 2003

1861976127

Publishing style guides

The Oxford Manual of Style previously published as The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors & The Oxford Guide to Style

Edited and compiled by R. M. Ritter

BCA in association with Oxford University Press 2002

 

Copy-Editing - The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers

Judith Butcher

Cambridge University Press 1992..2003

0521400740

“The Times” Style and Usage Guide

Compiled by Tim Austin

Times Books

0007145055

A Manual of Style (I have the 12th Edition; it is now at 14th Edition, at least)

Editors at the University of Chicago Press

University of Chicago Press

 

Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers

Harold Evans (Fully Revised by Crawford Gillan)

Pimlico 2000

0712664475

Discussion of English grammar, style & usage

The Queen's English

Harry Blamires

Bloomsbury 1994

0747517061

The Grouchy Grammarian - A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better

Thomas Parrish

John Wiley / BCA 2002

 

Between You and I

James Cochrane
Introduced by John Humphrys

Icon Books 2004

1840464836

Lapsing into A Comma

Bill Walsh (of the Washington Post)

Contemporary Books 2000

0809225352

On Language

William Safire

Avon Books 1981

0380564572

The Language Report

Susie Dent

Oxford University Press 2003

0198608608

The State of the Language

Philip Howard

Hamish Hamilton 1984

0241113466

Depraved English

Peter Novobatzky & Ammon Shea

Robert Hale 1999

0709065531

Media Speak

Fritz Spiegl

Elm Tree Books 1989

0241127041

Word Watcher's Handbook

Phyllis Martin

St Martin's Press 1977..82

0312889380

Discursive guidance about writing - in general, and specifically books

On Writing Well - The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction: Sixth Edition - Revised and Updated

William Zinsser

HarperPerennial 1998

0062735233

Stein on Writing

Sol Stein

St Martin's Press 1995

031`2136080

Solutions for Writers

Sol Stein

Souvenir Press 1995..9

0285634445

       

The First Five Pages

Noah Lukeman

Simon & Schuster

068485743X

Strictly Speaking

Edwin Newman

Warner Books 1975

 

Elements of the Writing Craft

Robert Olmstead

Story Press (Cincinnati, Ohio) 1998

1884910297

Writing at Work Dos, DON'Ts and HOW Tos

Ernst Jacobi

Hayden 1976..84

0810457296

Writing for the BBC

Norman Longmate

BBC Books

0563204680

The Way To Write - A Complete Guide to the Basic Skills of Good Writing
(Poor & with many errors. IPH)

John Fairfax and John Moat
Foreword by Tred Hughes

Elm Tree Books 1981

0241105579

How to write fiction (especially novels)

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - How to edit yourself into print

Renni Browne and Dave King

Quill/ HarperResource (HarperCollins) 1994..2001

0062720465

The Writer's Guide to Character Traits

Linda N. Edelstein, PhD

Writer's Digest Books 1999

0898799015

Sell The A Story

Jean Leroy

Pan 1965

 

The Art of Fiction

David Lodge

Secker & Warburg 1992

0436256711

The Practice of Writing

David Lodge

Penguin Books 1996

0140261060

Novelist's Essential Guide toCrafting Scenes

Raymond Obstfeld

Writer's Digest Books 2000

0898799732

How To Grow A Novel -The most common mistakes writers make and how to overcome them

Sol Stein

ST Martin's Press 1999

0312209495

Twenty Master Plots and how to build them

Ronald B. Tobias

Writer's Digest Books 1993

0749919833

The linguistics (history, etymology, structure, &c.) and state of the English language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

David Crystal

Cambridge University Press 1995..97

0521596556

Alphabet to Email - How written English Evolved and Where It's Heading

Naomi S. Baron

Routledge 2000

0415186862

A History of the English Language -Third Edition

Albert C. Baugh & Thomas Cable

Routledge & Kegan Paul 1951..87

0710001053

Old English

Leslie Blakeley

Teach Yourself Books 1964

 

Wordpower

Edward de Bono

Penguin Books 1979..88

 

Mother Tongue

Bill Bryson

Penguin Books 1990

014014305X

Made In America

Bill Bryson

Minerva 1994

074939739X

Unlocking the English Language

Robert Burchfield

Faber & Faber 1989

 

Points of View - An entertaining look at words and meanings

Robert Burchfield

Oxford University Press 1992

0192829432

Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary - or why can't anybody spell?

Vivian Cook

Profile Books 2004

1861976232

English as a Global Language - Second Edition

David Crystal

Cambridge University Press 1997..2003

 

The English Language

David Crystal

Pelican / Penguin Books 1988..90

0140135324

O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun - An etymology of words that once were names

Willard R. Espy

Clarkson N. Potter Inc.1978

0517535114

Slang Down the Ages

Jonathon Green

Kyle Cathie Limited 1993

 

The Book of Babel - Words and the way we see things

Nigel Lewis

Viking / Penguin Group 1994

0670830801

Bloomsbury Good Word Guide

Edited by Martin H.Manser

Bloomsbury 1988..90

 

Words and Women -Language and the sexes / New Language in New Times

Casey Miller and Kate Swift

Pelican / Penguin Books 1976

 

Frantic Semantics -Snapshots of our Changing Language

John Morrish

The Daily Telegraph / Macmillan 1999

0333763521

English - An Introduction to Language

Thomas Pyles & John Algeo

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (no date)`

0155226428

They Have a Word for It - A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words & Phrases

Howard Rheingold

Sarabande Books (Louisville, Kentucky) 1998..2000

1889330469

Poplollies & Bellibones - A celebration of lost words

Susan Kelz Sperling

Robson Books 1978

0860510522

Humour “dictionaries”

Daffy Definitions

Joseph RosenBloom

Sterling Publishing Co. 1983

 

The Unholy Hymnal - Terminological Inexactitudes and Delusions rendered by [a list of American politicians]

Compiled by Albert E. Kahn

Wolfe 1971

073204488

The Uxbridge English Dictionary Seventeenth Edition (approx.) Completely Revived

Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Jon Naismith, Iain Pattinson (and many other comedians who appeared on I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue)

HarperCollins Entertainment 2005

0007203373

Linguistics & psychology of language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

David Crystal

Cambridge University Press 1987

0521424437

Language Change: Progress or Decay?

Jean Aitchison

Fontana 1981

 

The Story of Language

C.L.Barber

Pan Books 1964

 

Language Made Plain

Anthony Burgess

Fontana/Collins 1964, 1975

 

A Mouthful of Air - Language and Languages, Especially English

Anthony Burgess

Vintage 1993 (Hutchinson 1992)

 

Grammatical Man - Information, Entropy, Language and Life; the Story of the Modern Revolution in Human Thought

Jeremy Campbell

Pelican / Penguin Books 1982

0140225048

Genes, Peoples and Languages

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Penguin Books 2000

071399486X

Mouse or Rat? -Translation as Negotiation

Umberto Eco

Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2003

0297830015

Le Ton beau de Marot - In Praise of the Music of Language

Douglas R. Hofstadter

Bloomsbury 1997

0747533490

Speak - a short history of language

Tore Janson

Oxford University Press 2002

0198299788

Comparative Linguistics

Robert Lord

Teach Yourself Books 1966

 

The Language Instinct

Steven Pinker

Penguin Books 1994

0140175296

Words And Rules - The Ingredients of Language

Steven Pinker

Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1999

0297816470

The Blank Slate - The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Steven Pinker

Penguin Books 2003

 

Language In The Modern World

Simeon Potter

Pelican / Penguin Books 1960..64

 

Modern Linguistics - The Results of Chomsky's Revolution

Neil Smith and Deirdre Wilson

Pelican / Penguin Books1979..86

0140220690

Language and Silence Essays 1958-1966

George Steiner

Faber & Faber 1967

 

Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics

R.L.Trask

Routledge 1999

0415157420

Stylistics

G.W.Turner

Pelican / Penguin Books 1973..79

014021643X

Keywords -A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Raymond Williams

Fontana 1976

 
       

The history and study of writing; semiotics

The Secret Lore of Runes and other Ancient Alphabets

Nigel Pennick

Rider 1991

0712639632

The Alphabetic Labyrinth - The Letters in History and Imagination

Johanna Drucker

Thames and Hudson1999

0500280681

The Alphabet

David Sacks

Hutchinson 2003

0091795060

The Dictionary of Symbols -an illustrated guide to traditional images, icons and emblems

Jack Tresidder

Duncan Baird Publishers 1997

1900131625

The Dictionary of Symbols in Art -the illustrated key to Western painting and sculpture

Sarah Carr-Gomm

Duncan Baird Publishers

1900131897

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols

Udo Becker
translated by Lance W Garmer

Continuum 2000

0826412211

Making the Alphabet Dance - Recreational Wordplay

Ross Eckler

Macmillan 2001

033390334X

Signs and Symbols -Their Design and Meaning

Adrian Frutiger
translated by Andrew Bluhm

Ebury Press 1978..1998

0091864828

Bibliophilia: the history, parts, and love of books

Invisible Forms - A Guide to Literary Curiosities

Kevin Jackson

Picador 1999

0330371150

Ex Libris - Confessions of a Common Reader

Anne Fadiman

Allen Lane The Penguin Press 1998

0713993154

The Book of Prefaces

Alasdair Gray

Bloomsbury 2000

0747544433

Now all we need is a Title -Famous Book Titles and How They Got That Way

André Bernard

W.W.Norton & Co 1994

0393314367

Rotten Rejections -The Letters That Publishers Wish They'd Never Sent

Edited by André Bernard

Robson Books

 

Literary Criticism

Flame Into Being - The life and work of D.H.Lawrence

Anthony Burgess

Abacus 1985

 

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