Bartleby.com Expands the Largest Language, Style & Composition Site on the Web
The Complete Text of H. L. Menckens The American Language Made Freely Available
New York April 18, 2000 Bartleby.com (http://www.bartleby.com), the first name in Internet publishing of reference, verse and classic literature, today announces the expansion of its Language, Style & Composition collection with the exclusive web publication of H. L. Menckens The American Language, Second Edition; Edward Sapirs Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech; and Arthur Quiller-Couchs On the Art of Reading and Writing. Together with the encyclopedic contemporary reference work The American Heritage® Book of English Usageas well as other classic texts like Strunks The Elements of Style and H. W. Fowlers The Kings EnglishBartleby.com offers the largest library of usage available on the web: accessible 24 hours per day, at no charge.
The American Language is an American classic. While neither teacher, nor prophet, nor reformer, but merely inquirer, H. L. Mencken, legendary newspaperman and author, wrote this groundbreaking study to bridge British and American English and define the uniqueness of American speech. Menckens great work, which he updated for 30 years, continues to serve as a definitive resource in the field of language study. The Bartleby.com edition includes two hyperlinked indexes: by subject and by word and phrase.
On the Art of Reading and Writing are the collected lectures of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, a renowned critic, scholar and editoras well as the anthologist of the Oxford Book of English Verse, which Bartleby.com first published on the web in the summer of 1996.
Bartleby.coms expanded Language, Style & Composition collection unites the two camps of great thinkers on language, said Steven van Leeuwen, Publisher and Founder of Bartleby.com: those who would describe it as its actually usedlike Mencken, Sapir and the Editors of the American HeritageŽ Dictionaryand those who would proscribe how it should be used, namely, Strunk, Fowler and Quiller-Couch.
Named after the character of Melvilles classic Bartleby, the Scrivener, Bartleby.com provides millions of students, educators and the intellectually curious with unparalleled access to classics and reference books online.