An exaltation of larks: the ultimate edition

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Penguin, Nov 1, 1993 - Humor - 324 pages
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An "exaltation of larks"? Yes! And a "leap of leopards", a "parliament of owls", an "ostentation of peacocks", a "smack of jellyfish", and a "murder of crows"! For those who have ever wondered if the familiar "pride of lions" and "gaggle of geese" were only the tip of a linguistic iceberg, James Lipton has provided the definitive answer: here are hundreds of equally pithy, and often poetic, terms unearthed by Mr. Lipton in the Books of Venery that were the constant study of anyone who aspired to the title of gentleman in the fifteenth century. When Mr. Lipton's painstaking research revealed that five hundred years ago the terms of venery had already been turned into the Game of Venery, he embarked on an odyssey that has given us a "slouch of models", a "shrivel of critics", an "unction of undertakers", a "blur of Impressionists", a "score of bachelors", and a "pocket of quarterbacks". This ultimate edition of An Exaltation of Larks is Mr. Lipton's brilliant answer to the assault on language and literacy in the last decades of the twentieth century. In it you will find more than 1,100 resurrected or newly minted contributions to that most endangered of all species, our language, in a setting of 250 witty, beautiful, and remarkably apt engravings.

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invaluable reference and fun besides - Goodreads
Verry funny read- brilliant illustrations - Goodreads
Wonderful illustrations too. - Goodreads
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An erudite list of historical "terms of venery" and an amusing collection of contemporary inventions. Read full review

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a fun read. I love collective nouns. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

James Lipton is the creator, executive producer, writer and host of "Inside the Actors Studio," which is seen in 84 million homes in America on the Bravo network, and in 125 countries, and has received twelve Emmy nominations. He is the author of the novel "Mirrors," which he then adapted and produced for the screen, and of the American literary perennial "An Exaltation of Larks," and has written the book and lyrics of two Broadway musicals. His television productions include "Jimmy Carters Inaugural Gala," the first Presidential concert ever televised; twelve Bob Hope Birthday Specials, reaching record-breaking audiences; and "The Road to China," the first American entertainment program from the Peoples Republic. He is a vice-president of the Actors Studio, is the founder and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama MFA program at Pace University, has received three honorary PhDs, is a recipient of Frances "Chevalier de lordre des Arts et des Lettres," and has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.