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Published: 21 March 1991

384 Pages

5-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780192141903

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The Oxford Book of Friendship

Edited by D. J. Enright and David Rawlinson

In The Oxford Book of Friendship, D.J. Enright (one of England's best known poets) and David Rawlinson bring together some of the world's best thoughts on friendship, found in excerpts from Shakespeare and the Bible, novels and poems, autobiographies, letters, and diaries, even personal ads from The New York Review of Books. The selections here offer a literary buffet of historic and literary friendships of all kinds--from David and Jonathan in the Bible to Damon and Pythias, from Goethe and Schiller to Huck Finn and Jim--and under all circumstances, from friendships forged in concentration camps to the bonds we form with our pets. Concluding with a delightful potpourri of short sayings ("It is easier to visit friends than to live with them"), the editors provide an amusing, enriching, and reflective anthology on a central theme in everyone's life.

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