Education: Rescue for Lost Words

At first, Ivor Brown, associate editor of the London Observer, thought of his hobby as nothing more than "easy, pleasant work that I could do in bed." From his midnight reading, he would jot down old and rare words whose color and flavor deserved rescue from oblivion. Later, he took to publishing his jottings, brought out six volumes in nine years. This week, with the U.S. publication of his latest two books, No Idle Words and Having the Last Word, in one volume (E. P. Dutton; $3), U.S. readers could go hunting for rescued...

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