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The Oxford Book Of Aphorisms

Author : John Gross
ISBN : 0192804561
Genre : Reference
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Gathers witty quotations about nature, religion, fear, hope, fame, wealth, politics, marriage, happiness, knowledge, language, and death

The New Oxford Book Of English Prose

Author : John Gross
ISBN : UOM:39015043799215
Genre : Literary Collections
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Traces the development of English and American prose from the end of the Middle Ages to the present through the work of its finest writers, from Sir Thomas Malory to Salman Rushdie

The New Oxford Book Of Literary Anecdotes

Author : John Gross
ISBN : 9780199543410
Genre : Literary Collections
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An unrivalled collection of literary gossip and intimate sidelights on the lives of the authors. The dictionary defines an anecdote as 'a short account of an entertaining or interesting incident', and the anecdotes in this collection more than live up to that description. Many of them are funny, often explosively so. Others are touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, or downright weird. They show writers in the English-speaking world from Chaucer to the present acting both unpredictably, and deeply in character. The range is wide - this is a book which finds room for Milton and Margaret Atwood, George Eliot and P. G. Wodehouse, Chinua Achebe and Ian Fleming, Brendan Behan and Wittgenstein. It is also a book in which you can find out which great historian's face was once mistaken for a baby's bottom, which film star left a haunting account of Virginia Woolf not long before her death, and what Agatha Christie really thought of Hercule Poirot - a book not just for lovers ofliterature, but for anyone with a taste for the curiosities of human nature.

The Oxford Book Of Essays

Author : John Gross
ISBN : 9780199556557
Genre : Literary Collections
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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 favorites, recent examples that deserve to be better known. 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.

The Oxford Book Of Prayer

Author : George Appleton
ISBN : 0192803743
Genre : Religion
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Under the expert guidance of the late Bishop George Appleton a selection of prayers has been made covering many centuries. It includes prayers from the Bible and from the saints and mystics from the past, as well as from the great religions other than Christian, and also contemporary prayers from different parts of the world. The cooperation of many advisers has ensured that the choice of prayers is ecumenical in the widest sense of the word. The prayers are arranged under headings such as 'Prayers from the Scriptures', 'Prayers of Christians, personal and occasional', 'Prayers of the Church', and 'Prayers from other traditions of faith', but there is also a subject index to guide the user to prayers for particular occasions, and an index of authors and sources. The book may thus be used for browsing or for more structured prayer, for private meditation or for public worship.

The Oxford Book Of Humorous Prose

Author : Frank Muir
ISBN : 0192803794
Genre : Fiction
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In this magisterial collection, Frank Muir guides the reader on a journey of discovery and delight through five centuries of humorous prose in the English language.Starting in London with William Caxton and a Preface written and printed in 1477, and ending with P. G. Wodehouse whose last novel was published in 1977, the route is meandering: from England to Ireland and Scotland, back to England again, on to America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. There areexamples chosen from humorous fiction, letters, and journalism written by over 200 authors and ranging from medieval jests to the New Yorker and Beachcomber; from Thomas Nashe and Tom Brown's galloping bawdy to Jane Austen and on to Garrison Keillor and Arthur Marshall; from the jokes in SamuelJohnson's Dictionary to Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and his hangover. The great humorous writers such as Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and P. G. Wodehouse are given a kind of mini-anthology of their own so that the range and versatility of their work can be appreciated.The extracts are embedded in a commentary that sets the writers in their historical context with items of contemporary gossip and anecdotal biography.As tour leader of this enjoyable enterprise, there could be no one better than Frank Muir to entertain, inform, and above all amuse the reader in his own distinctive fashion.

The Faber Book Of Aphorisms

Author : Wystan Hugh Auden
ISBN : 0571095194
Genre : Aphorisms and apothegms
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Aphorisms are not witticisms or epigrams, but general truths succinctly stated. This anthology contains 3000 quotations from a wide variety of aphorists ranging from Heraclitus to Ogden Nash, as well as Jane Austen, Pascal, Freud, Goethe, the Duke of Wellington, Shaw, Jean Cocteau and many more.

The Oxford Book Of Detective Stories

Author : Patricia Craig
ISBN : 0192880675
Genre : Fiction
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Oxford offers a thorough, broad, and representative collection of the best detective short stories, from writers such as Ellery Queen, Dashiell Hammett, and Agatha Christie. Drawing on works from the middle 1800s to the present, the editor shows how different nationalities have put their own stamp on this literary genre.

The Oxford Book Of The Sea

Author : Jonathan Raban
ISBN : 0192801945
Genre : Nature
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An anthology of writings illustrating humans' changing vision of the sea features passages from the work of Melville, Conrad, Darwin, Dickens, E.B. White, Dickinson, and Woolf.

The Oxford Dictionary Of Proverbs

Author : Jennifer Speake
ISBN : 9780198734901
Genre : Reference
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This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English, utilizing the latest research from Oxford Dictionaries to source them. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, broadening the cultural range of the proverbs selected, and covering sayings of international origins. With a strong emphasis on concisely explaining the meaning of the proverbs described, the dictionary also provides additional examples of usage, and includes a fascinating history for many entries. Arranged in A-Z order and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and find the answer to that crossword clue. It is never too late to learn: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

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