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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julius Nicholas Hook  

Pen Name: JN Hook


Audience: Adult;

Born: December 25, 1913 in Macoupin County, Illinois

Died: 2005 in Kankakee, Illinois

-- Julius Nicholas Hook on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hook was born in Macoupin county, was educated at the University of Illinois and also was a professor at the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

JN Hook has authored and co-authored more than thirty textbooks on the English language. A former professor of English at the University of Illinois, Professor Hook’s first book for the general public was the critically acclaimed ''The Grand Panjandrum''. He was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English with the Wilbur Hatfield Award. An establshment of a research foundation was also presented in Hook's name.


Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 1981

Selected Titles At Your Library

All those wonderful names
ISBN: 0759209960. OCLC Number: 53054266

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Babe Ruth's ghost and other historical and literary speculations
ISBN: 0295975296. OCLC Number: 33969798

University of Washington Press,. .

These thirteen recent essays are vintage Louis Rubin. They represent the phenomenal literary energy of a gifted writer, publisher, and teacher who has been at it for half a century and is still alerting us to new and vigorous perceptions of American and English writing, writers, and cultural change. The essays range far beyond the American South, exploring a broad range of literary subjects, from Winston Churchill and historical revisionism, to ghost-writing and baseball players, to the situation of American letters today. They are a variety show, says Rubin; and we could not ask for a better emcee. His historical awareness, his astute literary judgment, and the impress of his witty and forthright personality combine to give authoritative unity to this collection.

Spelling 1500 :
ISBN: 0155832115. OCLC Number: 2644585

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

The appropriate word :
ISBN: 020152323X. OCLC Number: 20853253

Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.,. .

4,000 words in more than 2300 entries. Includes cross-references.

The grand panjandrum :
ISBN: 0025536206. OCLC Number: 6446917

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And 1,999 other rare, useful and delightful words and expressions.