The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes
Edited by John Gross
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New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by John Gross
Book DescriptionAn unrivalled collection of literary gossip and intimate sidelights on the lives of the authors. The dictionary defines an anecdote as 'a short account of an entertaining or interesting incident', and the anecdotes in this collection more than live up to that description. Many of them are funny, often explosively so. Others are touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, or downright weird. They show writers in the English-speaking world from Chaucer to the present acting both unpredictably, and deeply in character. The range is wide - this is a book which finds room for Milton and Margaret Atwood, George Eliot and P. G. Wodehouse, Chinua Achebe and Ian Fleming, Brendan Behan and Wittgenstein. It is also a book in which you can find out which great historian's face was once mistaken for a baby's bottom, which film star left a haunting account of Virginia Woolf not long before her death, and what Agatha Christie really thought of Hercule Poirot - a book not just for lovers of literature, but for anyone with a taste for the curiosities of human nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199543410
(195mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Dickens and the Twentieth Century, Paperback (March 2015)
The essays in this volume examine questions such as Dickens' symbolism, his political attitudes, his psychological tensions and his artistry. They are also concerned with aspects of Dickens which have been neglected in recent years, such as his handling of plot, his heroes and heroines, his journalism, his religious view and his philistinism.
Oxford Book of Parodies, Paperback (January 2012)
An unparalleled introduction to the parodist's art, The Oxford Book of Parodies includes parodies from Chaucer to the present day, ranging from imitations and spoofs to lampoons and pastiches, comical, scornful, witty, and subtle. It also takes in advertisements, legal rituals, political warfare and a scientific hoax.
Oxford Book of Comic Verse, Paperback (March 2009)
A wide-ranging anthology of comic verse including epigrams, street ballads, clerihews, limericks, advertising jingles, as well as the classic writers of comic verse, from Chaucer to Ogden Nash and beyond.
Oxford Book of Essays, Paperback (October 2008)» View all books by John Gross
The essay is one of the richest, most imaginative, and most eloquent literary form. This anthology contains some 140 essays by all the leading exponents of the genre.
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Author Biography - John Gross
John Gross is the editor of The Oxford Book of Aphorisms, The Oxford Book of Essays, After Shakespeare, and many other publications. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981, and is currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph.
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