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As delightful and playful as it is profound and serious, The Language of Names is an absolute original -- a fascinating book that reveals us to ourselves, that demonstrates the endless variety of ways in which names shape our daily lives. Drawing on social and literary history, psychology and anthropology, anecdotes, and life stories, biographer Justin Kaplan and novelist Anne Bernays have written a fascinating account of names and naming in contemporary society that touches on class structure, ethnic and religious practices, manners, and everyday life. Graceful, eloquent, and richly informed, The Language of Names explores and illuminates our favorite subject -- ourselves.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684838670
ISBN-10: 0684838672
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Pages: 260
Imprint: Touchstone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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