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E-Prime IlI!: A Third Anthology.

D. David Bourland, Jr., and Paul Dennithorne Johnston, eds., Concord, CA: International Society for General Semantics, 1997.

This third anthology devoted to E-prime, a subset of the English language minus the verb "to be," contains a smorgasbord of so many interesting articles that I find it hard to recommend one over another, but I offer a few here to whet your appetite.

Begin your reading with "The E-Prime Imperative," by D. David Bourland, Jr. (the originator of E-prime), not only because it appears first in the book, but because it provides an historical context from which to view the subject. For those familiar with E-prime who want to know something more about its antecedents, I suggest reading "G-Prime: Lycophron and the Culture Wars of Ancient Greece," by Raymond Gozzi, Jr. And for readers who wish to see what E-prime fiction looks like I recommend the very compelling detective story, "Boiling Creek: The G.S. Detective, Part II," by Paul Dennithorne Johnston.

This volume also contains articles on E-prime and religious writing, E-prime and journalism, and on how to earn better grades in college writing classes. A Supplement section contains an essay criticizing E-prime and a reply to the criticism.

Readers who seek more discussion on E-prime after they finish this book should obtain the predecessor anthology More E-Prime, (published in 1994 with a foreword by Dr. Albert Ellis) and the original E-Prime anthology To Be or Not (published in 1991 with a foreword by Steve Allen). A contributor to that first anthology describes the benefits of E-Prime as "lively, concise writing and speaking; clearer, more critical thinking; (and) better communication, evaluation, and decision making." That volume concluded that "The use of E-Prime can transform how you relate to the world and to yourself - for the better! Try it."
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Author:Levinson, Martin H.
Publication:ETC.: A Review of General Semantics
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Date:Sep 22, 1999
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