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What people are saying about the book:
More than analysis, more than reference, this work is astoundingly rich and dense—an education in itself, and highly enjoyable. —Mark Helprin, author of Winter's Tale and A Soldier of the Great WarIf you seek edification about the craft of writing, rarely has instruction been administered so delightfully. —George F. Will, syndicated columnist
A superb job. Figuratively speaking, this is the best book that can be found. —Bryan A. Garner, author of Garner's Modern English Usage
An absolutely fascinating, informative, unique, and absorbing read from first page to last. —Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review
I want this book to be beside my bed for years to come, a treasure-house of the liquid magic of words. —Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman
Another invaluable rhetorical resource from Ward Farnsworth, Classical English Metaphor would also make a wonderful textbook if English Departments should ever return to the study of English Literature. —Richard A. Lanham, Professor Emeritus of English, UCLA
Ward Farnsworth is a witty commentator...It's a book to dip into and savor. —Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe
A truly wonderful book. Highly recommended! —Erin McKean, Editor, Verbatim: The Language Quarterly and wordnik.com.
Understand metaphor, understand the world, understand yourself...I could quote to you for the rest of the afternoon without exhausting the richness and sophistication of Mr. Farnsworth's admirable collection...The more we understand and make use of the possibilities of metaphor, the more profound understanding we will achieve. —John E. McIntyre, The Baltimore Sun
As we all know, the best laid plans of mice and academics mean shit in the end. So how does Farnsworth, in a practical sense, approach the enterprise? Is he successful? . . . The answer [is] a resounding hell yes. Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor is a feat of elegant demystification. —Jonathan Russell Clark, The Millions
A book to linger in, like an imaginatively interactive museum. —Patrick Kurp, Anecdotal Evidence blog