Exposes the pretentious attitudes of English-speaking peoples about their native language.
Marsh (Russian, U. of Exeter) analyzes the literacy presentation of historical character and the treatment of 20th century tyrants in European prose fiction, comparing German treatments of Hitler and Russian treatments of Stalin. She explores Stalin's portrayal by Soviet, emigre Russian, and European writers, including Orwell, Nabokov, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn. An interesting project. By examining the attitudes toward English of authors, critics, commentators, and others whose medium is the language, Bailey (English language and literature, U. of Michigan) illuminates how their comments offer insights into the social conditions of their times. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)