Books by Henry Hitchings

SORRY! by Henry Hitchings
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"John Cleese's observation that the English are the only people on Earth with clenched hair is more economical, but Hitchings' book, if sometimes overgeneralized, is still a pleasure to read."
He might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an: Gilbert and Sullivan aside, the subject of Hitchings' (The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, 2011) latest is the beleaguered, class-obsessed Anglo-Saxon and the very notion of "Englishness." Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE WARS by Henry Hitchings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The Miss Grundy grammarians in the crowd may not always like Hitchings' line of argument, which some will find shockingly permissive because realistic. But word lovers will."
Caring about the propriety and properness of language is so gay. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Learned, wise and educative, though a bit weighty for the average nightstand."
Hitchings, who wrote earlier about Samuel Johnson's dictionary (Defining the World, 2005), again displays his astonishing knowledge of the English language's myriad roots. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2005

"A first-rate synthesis of one of literary history's most astonishing endeavors."
A spirited, learned account of how Samuel Johnson (1709-84), son of a bookseller and sheriff, created the first great English dictionary. Read full book review >