- New York: Grolier Club, The, 2021.
- 7.375 x 9.25 inches
- hardcover, dust jacket
- 301 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830926
Price: $45.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 135437
"Grammar-Nerd Heaven: A new exhibit showcases the surprisingly contentious history of English grammar books...., with a sumptuous hardcover limited-edition catalogue that serves as a companion guide... The sheer scale of Garners involvement with the English language, as manifested in this glimpse of his holdings, is astonishing."
- Mary Norris, The New Yorker
"Taming the Tongue is a joy-giving frolic. It left me feeling that the world is better because Bryan A. Garner is in it, because he has spent a lifetime immersed in grammar, because he wrote this book, and because he secured publication with such beautiful production values."
- Tom Dalzell, Los Angeles Review of Books
Bryan A. Garner's Taming the Tongue in the Heyday of English Grammar (1711-1851) is the companion to the Grolier Club exhibition of the same title (March 3 to May 15, 2021). Featuring 100 items, Garner's book makes the primers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries come alive in ways their concerned and idiosyncratic authors might not have envisioned. While Garner makes no mention of duels fought over the parts of speech, he shows that the grammarians of the period were a contentious and opinionated lot. The entries in Taming the Tongue are packed with scrupulously recorded information on the content and publication details of the grammars, as well as tantalizing anecdotes from the authors' lives. Commentaries by Thomas Cable, David Crystal, Edward Finegan, Lane Greene, Christopher Ricks, John Simpson, and Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and three appendices round out this lively book, which will appeal to scholars and aficionados alike.