The Oxford Book of Essays by John GrossThe Oxford Book of Essays by John Gross

The Oxford Book of Essays

byJohn Gross

Paperback | November 24, 2008

Pricing and Purchase Info

$22.55 online 
$26.95 list price save 16%
Earn 113 plum® points
Quantity:

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.
John Gross is currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph.
Loading
Title:The Oxford Book of EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.54 inPublished:November 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199556555

ISBN - 13:9780199556557

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews