The Oxford Book of Money

Hardcover | February 1, 1995

EditorKevin Jackson

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When Paul Dombey asks `what's money?' in Charles Dickens's novel, his father is hard put to find an answer. The Oxford Book of Money sets out to explore the question with the help of writers, poets, artists, philosophers, economists, financiers and politicians, and to determine not only whatit is, but more importantly, what it can do. More than just `gold, and silver, and copper', more, even, than banknotes (or cowrie shells or cocoa beans), money represents power and status, the lack of it misery and ignominy. True to the decimal system, the ten sections that make up this anthology look at the rich and the poor and thecountless ways in which money can be made and lost. From ancient Greece to modern America trade, speculation, inheritance, debt, and ruin have been the themes of literature and the sources of philosophical and psychological conjecture on money, happiness, and evil. And the hardest question of allreveals a centuries-old ambivalence: how much is it worth? Some things are beyond value, but we all work for hire. Money is a subject that few writers have ignored: Dante, Milton, Nietzche, Baudelaire, Beckett, Propertius, Whitman, Wolfe and Eco - there is an inexhaustible wealth of material that is here tapped to the full. Kevin Jackson has compiled a gem of an anthology on the richest topic of themall.

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Few things occupy as central a place in our lives as money, and few provoke such intense and varied response. Now in an entertaining book, Jackson brings together reflections on money by some of the most brilliant minds who have ever lived. Shakespeare, Milton, Mark Twain, Jane Austen and others help readers to rexamine what money mean...

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When Paul Dombey asks `what's money?' in Charles Dickens's novel, his father is hard put to find an answer. The Oxford Book of Money sets out to explore the question with the help of writers, poets, artists, philosophers, economists, financiers and politicians, and to determine not only whatit is, but more importantly, what it can do. ...

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Few things occupy as central a place in our lives as money, and few provoke such intense and varied response. Now in an entertaining and thought-provoking book, Kevin Jackson brings together reflections on money by some of the most brilliant minds who ever lived, drawing on such writers as Dante and Chaucer, Dostoevsky and Dickens, Mar...

Associate Arts Editor for the Independent, Kevin Jackson has also written for the Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, and TLS, amongst others. He has co-produced programmes for BBC2's Arena.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192142003

ISBN - 13:9780192142009

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Few things occupy as central a place in our lives as money, and few provoke such intense and varied response. Now in an entertaining book, Jackson brings together reflections on money by some of the most brilliant minds who have ever lived. Shakespeare, Milton, Mark Twain, Jane Austen and others help readers to rexamine what money means to them and rethink its value in their lives

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'an entertaining round-up of writing on the filthy stuff'Robert Yates, The Guardian