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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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Spelling 1500: A Program
ISBN: 0155832107

HBJ College & School Division. 1965

Writing Creatively
ISBN: 0669122602

D C Heath & Co. 1967

A Good copy of a title which " intended for use in either of two situations: in a course called by some such name as "Creative Writing" or in a "regular" English class whose students can profit from instruction in vigorous and colorful writing."Light tan boards have shelfwear. Black and red lettering on boards is still bright on cover and spine. Wear and spotting to back cover. Previous owner's names are written in blue ballpoint ink and pencil with lines crossed through in blue ballpoint ink on the front flyleaf. From verso:"Printed November 1965" Slight foxing to page edging on all sides. 309 pages. Top corner of page 17 through 20 have been folded down. Text is clean with no markings. Contents are in 5 Sections and 17 Chapters. Also includes an Introduction & Index. Sections:"General Principles Writing Facts Writing Fiction Writing Poetry The Writer's Craft" From the Preface:"Writing Creatively attempts to provide for students stimulating information about how to write anything that transcends the composition...--and how to make that kind of composition better."

Competence in English: A Programmed Handbook With Diagnostic and Mastery Tests
ISBN: 0155124250

Harcourt. 1967

So what good is English?: A speech delivered by J.N. Hook as a 1967 Distinguished Lecturer for the National Council of Teachers of English
ISBN: B0007HN0G2

s.n. 1967

What Every English Teacher Should Know,
ISBN: 0814156606

National Council of Teachers of English. 1970

The Grand Panjandrum: And 1,999 Other Rare, Useful, and Delightful Words and Expressions
ISBN: 0025536206

Macmillan Pub Co. 1980

Relates instructive anecdotes about two thousand littleor never-used English words, dividing the words by subject for easy reference


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