Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Darnell, Regna. Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990, 480 p.

Scholarly biography of Sapir covering in great detail his life and work.


Cowan, William, Michael K. Foster, and Konrad Koerner, eds. New Perspectives in Language, Culture, and Personality. Proceedings of the Edward Sapir Centenary Conference. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1986, 627 p.

Compendium of papers covering various aspects of Sapir's work.

de Campos, Augusto. “The Concrete Coin of Speech.” Poetics Today 3, No. 3 (Summer 1982): 167-76.

Uses Sapir's theories on language to examine the discursive and nondiscursive aspects of poetry.

Koerner, Konrad, ed. Edward Sapir: Appraisals of His Life and Work. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1984, 223 p.

Collection of obituaries, reviews, criticism, and personal observations on Sapir and his work. Includes a primary bibliography.

Malkiel, Yakov. “Drift, Slope, and Slant: Background of, and Variations upon, A Sapirian Theme.” Language: Journal of the Linguistic Society of America 57, No. 3 (September 1981): 535-70.

Discusses the implications of Sapir's introduction of certain terms into the discourse of his field.

Mathiot, Madeleine, ed. Ethnolinguistics: Boas, Sapir, and Whorf Revisited. The Hague: Mouton Publishers, 1979, 341 p.

Collection of essays on the “investigation of referential meaning” in the works of Sapir, Franz Boas, and Whorf.

Additional coverage of Sapir's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 92.