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0000000 Clayton Berry
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October 7, 2002 

Book on Works by Walter J. Ong, S.J., Released in Paperback

Walter J. Ong, S.J.

A recent book on the works of a heralded Saint Louis University professor is now available in paperback. "An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry" chronicles the renowned writings of University professor Walter J. Ong, S.J.

The 600-page book, edited by Thomas J. Farrell and Paul A. Soukup, highlights 28 selections written by Ong between 1941 and 1998. Among the featured works are his most frequently cited article, "The Writer's Audience Is Always a Fiction," and the widely reprinted "Literacy and Orality in Our Times."

Many consider Ong to be one of the 20th century's most original and influential thinkers. Ong is well known in the United States and throughout the English-speaking world and elsewhere for his 22 books and hundreds of contributions to learned and popular periodicals.

Ong's books include the texts of several prestigious lectures and lecture series, which he has given at leading universities in the United States and elsewhere. "Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the World" has been translated into 12 languages.

In 1990, Saint Louis University honored him for his accomplishments by establishing the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair in the Humanities. Each year, the University also hands out the Walter J. Ong, S.J., Award, which recognizes an English graduate student is deemed most outstanding in scholarly performance and promise.

A past president of the Modern Language Association of America and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ong was dubbed a knight by the French government.

For more information or to order "An Ong Reader: Challenges for Further Inquiry," which also is available in hardback, contact Hampton Press at (800) 894-8955.

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