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Intimate Apparel: A Dictionary of the Senses (Signed)

Gordon, Karen Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0812912225 / ISBN 13: 9780812912227
Published by Times Books, New York, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. Small 8vo. First printing. SIGNED with a lengthy inscription "To Matt." Book and unclipped jacket are As New, crisp and clean. Gordon is the author of the best-selling "Transitive Vampire" and "The Well-Tempered Sentence." 134 pp. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 74060

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Title: Intimate Apparel: A Dictionary of the Senses...

Publisher: Times Books, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition

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A compendium of words and their definitions and histories begins with a general list and moves on to a section titled "Closet Drama" in which words--including bodice, boots, frock, gloves, and petticoats--are humorously examined

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More personal and quirky than her two previous language books, The Well-Tempered Sentence and The Transitive Vampire , this is organized in dictionary format, from Absinthe to Zipper, but its resemblance to a conventional lexicon ends there. Gordon aims to get beneath words, to explode our conventional associations with them and the taken-for-granted ways we use them. Her "definitions" interweave fey tales featuring Yolanta, a classy expatriate touring Europe; sassy Cinderella; a hapless hypochondriac; and two seamstresses, among others. It requires patience and determination to unravel the interconnections of these often obscure mini-fables. One finds clever puns, fanciful, erotic wordplay and outrageous wit aplenty, but the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Gordon ransacks fairy tales, movies and popular romances to show how words' associations filter into the culture; in so doing, she holds a mirror to the stock language of everyday conversations and the non sequiturs and reflexive cliches that mar much prose.
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