Society for Pure English

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Robert Bridges (1844—1930) poet

Henry Bradley (1845—1923) philologist and lexicographer

Walter Raleigh (1861—1922) literary scholar and historian

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865—1946) writer and literary scholar


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An association of writers and academics, formed in 1913, inspired by Bridges. Its original committee included H. Bradley, Sir W. Raleigh, and L. P. Smith. The name of the Society was somewhat misleading in that the founders had no objections to the entry of foreign words into English, and the writers of its tracts were not for the most part purists in the dogmatic sense. A typical tract would offer an urbane and well‐researched enquiry into some question of grammar, pronunciation, etymology, or vocabulary.

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