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Poet, fiction writer, and critic Alfred Corn applies his special language skills to a comparison of the two dominant versions of the English language. The United States and Britain have been described as “divided by a common language,” but this guide will help speakers from both countries make their way in the other.  Pronunciation, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation are all discussed, and there is a brief presentation of British and American slang. The result is an accessible and succinct overview appropriate for tourists, for teachers of English as a foreign language, for book and magazine editors, for actors, and for courses on British and American literature.

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Alfred Corn is the author of nine books of poetry, a novel, and two collections of criticism. His play Lowell’s Bedlam premiered last spring in London, and he will be sending the first part of 2012 in Cambridge, as a Resident Fellow of Clare College, while he prepares a translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies.

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