The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross

The Oxford Book of Parodies

EditorJohn Gross

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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Parodies come in all shapes and sizes. There are broad parodies and subtle parodies, ingenious imitations and knockabout spoofs, scornful lampoons and affectionate pastiches. All these varieties, and many others, are represented in this stunning new anthology, which provides an unparalleledintroduction to the parodist's art. The classics of the genre are all here, from Lewis Carroll to Max Beerbohm; but so are scores of lesser known but scarcely less gifted figures, and brilliant contemporaries such as Craig Brown and Wendy Cope.At every stage there are surprises. Chaucer celebrates Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, Proust visits Chelsea, Yeats re-writes "Old King Cole", Harry Potter encounters Mick Jagger, a modernized Sermon on the Mount rubs shoulders with an obituary of Sherlock Holmes. The collection provides a hilarious runningcommentary on literary history, but it also looks beyond literature in the narrow sense to take in such things as advertisements, legal rituals, political warfare, and a scientific hoax.

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John Gross was a freelance author, anthologist, and book reviewer.
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Title:The Oxford Book of ParodiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.39 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019963937X

ISBN - 13:9780199639373

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Table of Contents

Part OneParodies of individual authors by parodists including: Max Beerbohm, Robert Benchley, Alan Bennett, Irving Berlin, John Betjeman,Bret Harte, Anthony Hecht, Clive James, H. L. Mencken, George Orwell, James Thurber, John Updike, Peter Ustinov, Evelyn WaughParodied authors include: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Johnson, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, Longfellow, Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Hardy, Wilde, Conan Doyle, Yeats, Woolf, A. A. Milne, Lawrence, Marianne Moore, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Cole Porter, e. e. cummings, Hemingway, Auden, Larkin,Kerouac, Ginsberg, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Heaney, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, J. K. RowlingPart TwoFrom the Wider World [foreign authors]Nursery RhymesTories and RadicalsThe Young Jane AustenRipostesAlice [Lewis Carroll]James Joyce as ParodistCompositesStage and ScreenArtistic EndeavoursThe Written WordDraynfleeteAffairs of StateThe Sokal HoaxTwo TributesA Mixed Assembly

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"John Gross's new anthology of parodies in English (with a few foreign titbits) has samples both high and low of this diverse genre." --The Economist 15/07/2010