Three American Stories in Basic English (1935)

HAWTHORNE, [Nathaniel]; IRVING, [Washington]; POE, [Edgar Allan]; OGDEN, Charles Kay (editor)

The Three Signs and Other American Stories: Put into Basic English (Psyche Miniatures)

Published: London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.

Date: 1935

First edition. 12mo, pp. 95, (1) title list + fold out Basic English vocabulary list (3cm closed tear, small loss to 'Rules' section'). Quarter green cloth with paper title label to spine and cream paper boards with green lettering. Light soiling, '3/6 Net' stamp to upper board. POI to front pastedown, else, clean and tidy. From the interwar period to the end of WWII, Basic English gained some success as a potential lingua franca. Adopted by I.A. Richards, discussed by H.G. Wells, championed by Orwell - until it inspired Newspeak post-war (or so it's been argued) - the basic 850 words of Ogden's auxiliary language remain in use as a foundation for teaching English as a second language. Psyche Miniatures were published in collaboration with the journal, Psyche: An Annual Review of General and Applied Psychology. PM General Series No. 79. 'Translations' done by Mr J. Rantz and Miss K. Newmark. Uncommon.

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