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On the heels of National Grammar Day: these and other “corrected” covers at “If Strunk and White Had Titled Some Famous Novels.”

[TotH to Pop Loser…  the title of this post is an allusion to the manual your correspondent prefers to Elements of Style— the Plain English Handbook.]

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As we allow for idiosyncrasy, we might send melodious birthday greeting to Henry Purcell; he was born on this date in 1959 (or on September 10 of that year; scholars are divided).  An accomplished organist, Purcell is best remembered as one of the leading Baroque composers of his time (e.g., Dido and Aeneas,  The Fairy-Queen [an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream]).  Indeed, he was the most famous native-born English composer until Edward Elgar.

Hear Purcell’s “Toccata in A Major” here.

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Written by LW

March 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

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