Richard Lederer: His Works


Richard Lederer was once asked where he would get all these funny stories he
answered:
"Ever since I became a writer, I had found that questions the most difficult to
answer and had only recently come up with an analogy that I thought would
satisfy both my audience and me. Pouncing on the opportunity to unveil my
spanking new explanation, I countered with, Where does the spider get its web?
The idea, of course, was that the spider is not aware how it spins out its
intricate and beautiful patterns with the silky material that is simply a
natural part of itself. Asking a writer to account for the genesis of his or her
ideas is as futile as asking a spider the source of its web and method of ...

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student but soon
found that he was reading the chemistry books for their literary value. Mr.
Lederer became an English major and then attended Harvard Law School, where he
found that he read the law cases for their literary value. So rather than
fighting his verbivorous instincts, He switched into a Masters of Arts and
Teaching program at Harvard. That led to a position at St. Paul's School, in
Concord, NH, where he taught English and media for 27 years. Richard Lederer
said that he would have gladly served them for the rest of his days, but having
earned a Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire
inspired him to write books on language. The enthusiastic and popular response
to these books, beginning with ‘Anguished English', gave him the opportunity to
leave the St. Paul's community to extend his mission to teach in the English
language.

More than a million of his books are in print, most with Pocket Books and Dell.
Richard Lederer has a column, ...

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and the derivation of language itself using
the example of ‘Anguished English'.

Communication means the transmission of thoughts and emotions to other people
using words and/or visual images. It is a means of letting one's ‘inner self'
be known and understood by the ‘outside world'. Richard Lederer shows us in a
funny way what can happen to the communication between human beings if either
one or both of the communicating parties can not express themselves properly. A
phenomenon of communication, and one reason that I am in the United States, is
that any concept, idea, or object, no matter how sophisticated or culturally
bound, can be translated into any other language. It may require ...

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