On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing

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Product Details

Price
$12.95  $11.91
Publisher
Tin House Books
Publish Date
Pages
64
Dimensions
4.3 X 6.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781947793262

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About the Author

Katherine Dunn was a novelist and boxing journalist who lived and worked in Oregon. She is the author of three novels--Attic; Truck; and Geek Love, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Bram Stoker Prize--as well as the essay collection One Ring Circus. She died in 2016.

Reviews

[Dunn's prose is] a pyrotechnic medium so far removed from our workaday speech that it feels unfair and inaccurate to call that fire-language 'English.'--Karen Russell
On Cussing is a scholarly and frequently hilarious history of the origins, uses and -- as Dunn sees it -- frequent abuses of cuss words.
Perhaps no one was more qualified than Dunn to argue the art of obscenity, and she delivers her satisfying crash course on its history and proper usage with Strunk-and-White precision.