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Published by the author. Distributed by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Softcover, 290 pages, 4 bw, 8.5 x 11"
Publication Date: 1978 (2nd edition)
Table of contents/excerpt (PDF)
“The idea for a dictionary arranged by word length grew out of a series of pages of single letters of the alphabet that I typed as graphics in 1968, and which represented efforts to extend ideas, then current, relating to modular composition, objectively determined forms and the material status of printed letters.”
– From the Introduction by the author.
The Corpus consists of 50,000 one to twenty-letter words, arranged by the author in alphabetical order. By retyping the second edition and running it offset, the various machine generated inaccuracies that appeared in the first edition were eliminated. The second edition also includes an introduction explaining the source of The Corpus and its subsequent use as a material for other works, as well as an appendix of 26 alphabet pages that provide the basis of the book.