The Oxford Book of Aphorisms

Paperback | January 24, 2003

EditorJohn Gross

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This anthology demonstrates to the full just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of existence.Specific sections including 'Religion', 'Money and Rank', 'Men, Women, Marriage' and 'Politics', cover the whole range of aphoristic literature. This book brings together the most diverse figures-the classic aphorists, like La Rochefoucauld; the philosophers, from the Greeks to Samuel Johnson toVirginia Woolf-as well as statesmen, scientists, boulevardiers, Olympians, and gadflies. John Gross draws on their wisdom and wit to produce an anthology that will be referred to time and time again.

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This anthology demonstrates to the full just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of existence.Specific sections including 'Religion', 'Money and Rank', 'Men, Women, Marriage' and 'Politics', cover the whole range of aphoristic lite...

John Gross was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981 and on the staff of the New York Times from 1983 to 1988. He has been theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph since 1989 and is the editor of other Oxford anthologies and After Shakespeare: An Anthology, published this year to rave reviews.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 24, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192804561

ISBN - 13:9780192804563

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Table of Contents

IntroductionAphorists and Aphorisms INatureMankindLifeDesires and LongingsFears, Hopes, PassionsDesign and ChanceIndividualsThe Sense of IdentitySelf-LoveSelf-KnowledgeSelf-DoubtOne Among ManyFame and ReputationThe Arts of SuccessAction and AchievementMoney and RankThe Social FabricLove, Jealousy, LibidoHappiness and SorrowGood and Eviletc

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`'fascinating ... [the reader] will experience the delight of having his worst fears for the human race confirmed with brevity and style''Quentin Crisp