Oxford Book of Essays

ISBN-10: 0199556555
ISBN-13: 9780199556557
Edition: 2008
Authors: John Gross
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 1.54" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

The essay is one of the richest of literary forms. Its most obvious characteristics are freedom, informality, and the personal touch - though it can also find room for poetry, satire, fantasy, and sustained argument. All these qualities, and many others, are on display in The Oxford Book of Essays. The most wide-ranging collection of its kind to appear for many years, it includes 140 essays by 120 writers: classics, curiosities, meditations, diversions, old favourites, recent examples that deserve to be betterknown. A particularly welcome feature is the amount of space allotted to American essayists, from Benjamin Franklin to John Updike and beyond. This is an anthology that opens with wise words about the nature of truth, and closes with a consideration of the novels of Judith Krantz. Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps,the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey. It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining.

Rosemary Jann, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, George Mason University.John Gross is the author of iThe Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters/i (1973) and editor of iThe Oxford Book of Aphorisms/i (1983) and iThe Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes/i (2006), among other publications. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981, and is currentlytheatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph.

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