Bad Press: The Worst Critical Reviews Ever!
by Laura Ward
Here's a ferociously funny glimpse into the history of literary, theater, art, and general entertainment criticism. Excerpts of reviews are taken from magazines, newspapers, and, in at least one case, from the lips of a powerful European emperor. A complimentary review of most books, music recordings, or plays will often inspire audiences to accept them, but the review is...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Barron's Educational Series
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For a fair part of the way through this book I did a pretty good job of convincing myself that it was a pretty good collection. But alas the truth won out as the fatigue of reading too many dusty white brit reviews that packed little or no punch diluted the power of the sharp wit that does pop up now and again throughout this work. For every delightful Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker quote, there were several by people I've never heard of about people I've never heard of the wit of wh...more