Oxford Book Literary Anecdotes
"If literature...can be described as journalism worth reading twice, then anecdotes can be described as gossip worth hearing twice," wrote Frank Muir in his London Times review of this book. The stories collected here--nearly 500 covering a span of 1300 years--have been heard and read many times over and have become almost a part of literature themselves. They add spice an...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published June 24th 1975 by Oxford University Press
(first published June 1975)
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Fantastic series of anecdotes upon anecdotes, especially heavy on the 18th and 19th century...each about a page or two long. Transports you to the gentlemanly world of sublte slights, eccentricities we would consider mild (but more genuine) by today's standards, and the birth of the genius as a personality type. Have your servant order some porter from the local dining club while you dodge your creditors and enjoy this book. I have, several times now. If you're like me, which I'm sure you're not...more
If you enjoy English literature, you'll find this book a worthy read. Some of the most insightful, humorous and witty accounts are revealed here about many of my favorite authors. It's a wonderful glimpse into the personality of these literary greats that add an essential dimension to understanding their works. Brilliant!