The Genius of Language by Wendy Lesser
Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongues

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A collection of original essays reflects on their writers' formative experiences of language and culture, from Bharati Mukherjee's appreciation of the Bangla language after the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1946, to Amy Tan's frustration with comparisons between English and Chinese, to Josef Skvorecký's decision to learn English so he could write a fan letter. 25,000 first printing.

About Wendy Lesser

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Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of six books of nonfiction. Her reviews and essays appear in periodicals and newspapers around the country. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Published July 27, 2004 by Pantheon. 256 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Fifteen original essays of varying quality from writers who learned English as a second language and now employ it more or less full-time.

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The 15 writers gathered in this often delightful collection consider the impact their bilingualism has had on the development of their craft: they would all agree with Luc Sante, who writes of his

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