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The Norton Book of Light Verse

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A collection of 400 poems arranged in eighteen thematic sections.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 17th 1986 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Aug 01, 2007 Kay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humor
Shelves: poetry, fiction
This definitive collection of light verse in English is a bedside table book at its finest. Read a few verses each evening before retiring, and you're sure to go to sleep with a smile on your face. Not only are all my favorites such as Ogden Nash, Don Marquis, and W.S. Gilbert here, but there is verse by dozens of writer's I'd never heard, so this anthology served as a springboard to further reading and appreciation for the (not as easy as it looks) art of light verse.
Aug 24, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book. The chosen verses are easy to read, fairly diverse in terms of authorship and provenance (and, thankfully, Baker doesn't shy away from including song lyrics when applicable), and just great poetry. This was a great before-bed read and will definitely be something to which I return on rainy days and when I need a smile. The categories/chapters were also well considered and not laborious as some poetry collections can be. I'm so glad I found this gem.
Sep 11, 2007 CJ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
One of my favorite books/collections - and one of the few I've actually kept on hand to reread over and over again. I can always find something to read to lighten the mood and bring a smile to my face. Great book for bedside or crapper!
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Jun 18, 2016 Dayna Smith rated it really liked it
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A charming collection of verse divided into categories that make it easy to find what you are looking for. There are a wide selection of authors and time periods to wander through. An enjoyable introduction to light poetry.
Jun 11, 2010 C.J. rated it it was amazing
Trip-tiered taunting with tallow, sallow and hallowed wit--enough to bring my mind out of thunderclouds any day.
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Jan 23, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it liked it
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On August 14, 1925, US journalist, humorist and biographer Russell Baker was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. His father died early on and his hard-working mother reared him and his sisters during the Great Depression. Baker managed to get himself into Johns Hopkins University, where he studied journalism.

Baker’s wit as a humorist has been compared with that of Mark Twain. “The only thing I was f
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