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The Life and Mind of Oriental Jones: Sir William Jones, the Father of Modern Linguistics Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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"This is a delightful yet also definitive biography of a polyglot, a barrister, a legal mind, a philologist, and a linguist, labelled by Cannon (and everyone else, for that matter) as 'the father of modern linguistics'...well-written, entirely new...No one knows more about Jones than Cannon, who has displayed his breathtaking knowledge in full in this exciting story...Cannon's literary triumph is equally matched by Jones's linguistic achievements." World
"This is a fine biography. Cannon has worked remarkably and not only on paper." Anthony Burgess, London Observer
"...if Cannon is not George Trevelyan to Lord Macaulay, he is a valuable bibliographical guide to Jones' life and letters." Benjamin E. Wallacker, Journal of Asian History
In his short life Sir William Jones mastered so many languages that even in his own time he was regarded as a phenomenon; and so he was. Garland Cannon, editor of The Letters of Sir William Jones, has written a new definitive biography of this fascinating man.
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