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Standing By Words: Essays

Berry, Wendell

Published by North Point Press, San Francisco, 1983
ISBN 10: 0865471215 / ISBN 13: 9780865471214
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Title: Standing By Words: Essays

Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First American Edition


Gold hardcover shows only very slight edgewear. The 213 pages are clean, tight and unmarked. The DJ shows only the slightest edgewear. This is a series of essays by Berry looking at language. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 19200

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Synopsis: The Chinese character on the cover of this volume depicts a man besides the sign for "word." It is the written form of xin, which Ezra Pound defined as: "Fidelity to the given word. The man here is standing by his word." Such fidelity to the word, as evidenced by clarity of meaning and intent, would go far to reconnect language to life. Without a renewed sense of language we cannot hope to restore balance, harmony, and coherence to our lives, our land, and our communities, for these must be joined "as marriage joins them -- in words by which a man or woman can stand, words confirmable in acts."

In these six essays, Wendell Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals from their communities and of their communities from the land.

About the Author: A native Kentuckian, Wendell Berry lived and taught in New York and California before returning permanently to the Kentucky River region, where he farms on 125 acres in Henry County.

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