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Rock-a-bye Babel and Two Fairly Tales by Stanley Unwin [1966]

£6.99

Product description

A great little book from 1966 of the author's comic verses and short stories, published by Cassell. Delightfully illustrated by Roy Dewar.

For anyone who remembers Stanley Irwin's unusual verbal skills, this will be a real treasure.

Stanley Unwin (1911-2002), sometimes billed as "Professor", was an English comedian, actor and comic writer.

He invented his own comic language, "Unwinese", referred to in the film Carry On Regardless (1961) as "gobbledygook". Unwinese, also known as "Basic Engly Twenty Fido", was an ornamented and mangled form of English in which many of the words were corrupted in a playful and humorous manner. Unwin's performances could be hilarious yet disorientating, although the meaning and context were always conveyed in a disguised and picturesque style, as in his description of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries as being "wasp-waist and swivel-hippy".

Clearly a well read favourite with a fair amount of rubbing wear on the boards cover. However the internal -pages are in a good clean condition and the binding is sound.

Item details

Author(s):
Stanley Unwin
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
18 cm by 14.5 cm
Edition:
1966
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
68
Publisher:
Cassell
Title:
Rock-a-bye Babel and Two Fairly Tales

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A great little book from 1966 of the author's comic verses and short stories, published by Cassell. Delightfully illustrated by Roy Dewar.

For anyone who remembers Stanley Irwin's unusual verbal skills, this will be a real treasure.

Stanley Unwin (1911-2002), sometimes billed as "Professor", was an English comedian, actor and comic writer.

He invented his own comic language, "Unwinese", referred to in the film Carry On Regardless (1961) as "gobbledygook". Unwinese, also known as "Basic Engly Twenty Fido", was an ornamented and mangled form of English in which many of the words were corrupted in a playful and humorous manner. Unwin's performances could be hilarious yet disorientating, although the meaning and context were always conveyed in a disguised and picturesque style, as in his description of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries as being "wasp-waist and swivel-hippy".

Clearly a well read favourite with a fair amount of rubbing wear on the boards cover. However the internal -pages are in a good clean condition and the binding is sound.

Author(s):
Stanley Unwin
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
18 cm by 14.5 cm
Edition:
1966
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
68
Publisher:
Cassell
Title:
Rock-a-bye Babel and Two Fairly Tales

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