A Mouthful of Air: Language and languages, especially English

Scope and Content

Completed in 1991 and published in 1992, A Mouthful of Air is Burgess's last volume of non-fiction, in which he revises and expands upon his earlier study of language and languages, titled Language Made Plain. The volume's title derives from the concluding lines of W. B. Yeats's poem "Aedh thinks of those who have spoken Evil of his Beloved".

The series consists of drafts of the text.

Source: "A Clockwork Counterpoint: the Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess" by Paul Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2010)