Living with a Dead Language

Author(s): Ann Patty

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After 35 years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, aimless and lost in the woods, she hoped to challenge her restless, word-loving brain by beginning a serious study of Latin at local colleges. As she begins to make sense of Latin grammar and syntax, her studies open unexpected windows into her own life. Written with humour, heart and an infectious enthusiasm for words, Patty's book is a lesson in how learning and literature can transform the past and lead to an unexpected future.


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An all-encompassing and intriguing look into the ancient language and literature of the Latin world. Also an inspiring reflection on the renewed sense of purpose and rediscovered joy of learning experienced by Batty in taking on the complex language in her adulthood, this is a memorable and touching read for anyone interested in languages, old or new.

Anastasia, The Book Grocer

Ann Patty worked in New York trade publishing for more than thirty years. She was the founder and publisher of The Poseidon Press and an executive editor at Crown Publishers and Harcourt. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

General Fields

  • : 9781101980224
  • : Viking Books for Young Readers
  • : Viking Books for Young Readers
  • : June 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ann Patty
  • : Hardback
  • : 246