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Published: 14 November 2008

400 Pages

5-1/8 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199543410

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The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes

Edited by John Gross

Oxford Books of Prose & Verse

  • A unique and vastly entertaining collection of over 700 anecdotes from Chaucer to J. K. Rowling, selected by the supreme man of letters and premier anthologist, John Gross
  • The anecdotalists include some of the best-known recorders of conversation, such as John Aubrey and James Boswell, but in addition there are gems from little-known memoirists and biographers, from interviews and broadcasts, and from writers on writers e.g. Conan Doyle on Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse on H. G. Wells
  • As well as anecdotes about writers, subjects also include historians, statesmen, philosophers, academics, and theologians
  • Arranged chronologically by date of birth of the subject of the anecdote, the anthology is also a wonderfully engaging informal history of writing and publishing down the centuries
  • Many of the anecdotes offer revealing insights into writers' personalities, their frailties and insecurities: they are by turn poignant, and hilariously funny. Includes brief commentary by John Gross where necessary to explain context, and an introduction discussing the history and nature of the anecdote as a literary form

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