Paz, Octavio (Translated by Helen R. Lane) . THE MONKEY GRAMMARIAN. New York City, NY: Seaver Books, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 165 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's book-length account on language. One of Octavio Paz's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Octavio Paz's "El Mono Gramatico" in a felicitous English translation. "The concept of grammar, a system in which language can be fixed, structured, and therefore transformed, is one of the great achievements of Indian culture. Philosophers and linguists have devoted enormous intellectual energy to the investigation of how the concept was developed among the thinkers of Ancient India, for which the idea became a central problem in its philosophical tradition. Paz's exquisite prose is filled with insights that set a man, a trend, an idea, into dazzling perspective" (Publisher's blurb) . Of course, Paz has read Noam Chomsky. What he adds to the discussion on language is precisely the literary perspective, which neither Chomsky nor any other linguist or scientist can provide. The Renaissance Man of Mexican literature, Paz was considered its greatest poet as early as the 1950's. Paz became a world figure with his elegiac study of Mexico, "The Labyrinth of Solitude", still the single best book on his beloved country. Paz was also a statesman who served in the Mexican government's diplomatic service. The author of more than 30 books, he is regarded as a hero in all of Latin America, despite - perhaps, because of - the fact that he resigned as Ambassador to India when Mexican police opened fire on a group of protesting students. Paz spent much of the rest of his life writing and teaching at Harvard and other universities in the United States and Europe. A "must-have" title for Octavio Paz collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. All other copies available online, and they are just a handful, have major flaws. A rare copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER OCTAVIO PAZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 0394518071. $150.00

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