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The Oxford Book of Essays (The Oxford Books of...)
by John Gross
When Montaigne developed the essay in the sixteenth century, he could not have imagined the power and longevity of his creation. "He did not set up for a philosopher, wit, orator, or moralist," wrote Hazlitt, "but he became all these by merely daring to tell us whatever passed through his mind." Ever since, writers have seized upon his example, and for over four hundred ye ...more
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published March 21st 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1991)
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This collection is filled with hidden gems that not only tantalize with a variety of styles and subject-matter, but remind us what a typographic culture (that we are moving away from) can capture in terms of depth, nuance, and daring. Reading this entire collection made me realize how byzantine, uncanny, and poetic each mind can be when attempting to express something beyond a single impression. Do we even try to do that anymore? Is it even possible for us?
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