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Book Title: The Gentle Art of Written Self-Defense|
The author of the book: Suzette Haden Elgin
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Edition: Fine Communications
Date of issue: June 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9781567311136
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Life is full of catastrophes. Luckily, most of them can be repaired.
So many people, when confronted with the realization of their own embarrassing mistakes, throw up their hands and elect to simply walk away, leaving the mess behind. Perhaps it's because too many people these days are in too much of a hurry. But there are ways to fix someone else's hurt feelings - an unintentionally rejected admirer, an insulted mourner, a neglected co-worker, an offended boss, a sensitive cousin. Cleaning up after a social blunder is far more important than most people realize., because your social blunders return to haunt you usually amplified with time. A hurt you inflict on another person can have indelible effect, IF you refuse to deal with it.
This wise, timely book is about dealing with those hurts in an emotionally mature, responsible, and time-honored way - by writing a personal letter, with the help of this book. It's a method sadly falling out of fashion as society gets ruder, but most people who try to find it work wonders, and makes the sender feel as good as the recipient.
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Read information about the authorSuzette Haden Elgin was an American science fiction author. She founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and is considered an important figure in the field of science fiction constructed languages. Elgin was also a linguist; she published non-fiction, of which the best-known is the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series.
Born in 1936 in Missouri, Elgin attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in the 1960s, and began writing science fiction in order to pay tuition. She has a Ph.D. in linguistics, and was the first UCSD student to ever write two dissertations (on English and Navajo). She created the engineered language Láadan for her Native Tongue science fiction series. A grammar and dictionary was published in 1985. She is a supporter of feminist science fiction, saying "women need to realize that SF is the only genre of literature in which it's possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women. Women need to treasure and support science fiction." 
In addition, she published works of shorter fiction. Overlying themes in her work include feminism, linguistics and the impact of language, and peaceful coexistence with nature. Many of her works also draw from her Ozark background and heritage.
Elgin became a professor at her alma mater's cross-town rival, San Diego State University (SDSU). She retired in 1980.
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