The Story of English : Third Revised Edition by William Cran, Robert MacNeil and Robert McCrum 2002
Weight: 14.4 oz
Method of Disposal: Sold on www.half.com
Selling this book brings back memories of college and Guthrie classes in particular. I always respected him even though I did not do all that well in his classes. I am confident that the one I did the worst in was History of the English Language, which is the class I bought this book for. I really enjoyed the lectures, and my dear friend Liz helped me out when I was drowning. She also passed me notes to cheer me up if I was feeling a little inadequate and moody.
It was a strange feeling to enjoy something so much but still struggle so hard to do well. You might be able to tell that I am not a master of grammar. Not like my friend Liz. She was always playing with the language, making jokes, writing masterpieces. I admired her for it, and I was jealous all at the same time. Actually, I still do, and I still am. Mostly, though, I just feel lucky to know her and to have been able to attend Guthrie's class and learn as much as I could.
I am sad to let this book go. For as long as I have kept it I have always imagined I would be able to dive back into it one day and learn some of the things I might have missed while in college. Unfortunately, my job keeps me incredibly busy and at some point I have to recognize how unrealistic it is to believe I will be reading this book again anytime soon.
I do wonder who purchased it. A student? Someone with a general curiosity?