New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes by Unknown

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An unrivalled collection of literary gossip and intimate sidelights on the lives of the authorsThis hugely entertaining anthology ranges from Chaucer to the present day, with anecdotes that are hilarious, touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, and downright weird. - ;An unrivalled collection of literary gossip and intimate sidelights on the lives of the authorsThe dictionary defines an anecdote as 'a short account of an entertaining or interesting incident', and the anecdotes in this collection more than live up to that description. Many of them are funny, often explosively so. Others are touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, or downright weird. They show writers in the English-speaking world from Chaucer to the present acting both unpredictably, and deeply in character. The range is wide - this is a book which finds roomfor Milton and Margaret Atwood, George Eliot and P. G. Wodehouse, Chinua Achebe and Ian Fleming, Brendan Behan and Wittgenstein. It is also a book in which you can find out which great historian's face was once mistaken for a baby's bottom, which film star left a haunting account of Virginia Woolf not long before herdeath, and what Agatha Christie really thought of Hercule Poirot - a book not just for lovers of literature, but for anyone with a taste for the curiosities of human nature. - ;If you're seeking a stocking filler...there is nothing to compare with this entertaining literary patchwork. - Boyd Tonkin and Katy Guest, The Independent;A surprisingly good selection...a collection that will instruct and, more important, give immense pleasure. - Contemporary Review, Volume 288;An informative and amusing collection - Patrick Richards, Day by Day;John Gross's enlightening and hugely enjoyable anthology revivifies the literary dust of many centuries with both wit and grace - Peter Parker, TLS;Mr Gross has also produced succinct notes to help the reader and has, over all, produced a collection that will instruct and, more importantly, give immense pleasure - Contemporary Review;Gross widens and strenthens the idea of a literary anecdote, with enriching results. Books like this are usually recommnded as ideal bedtime reading. This one, however, should on no account be allowed in the bedroom, or you will find youself awake in the cold, small hours, still turning the pages. - John Carey, Sunday Times;John Gross has produced a fascinating book. - Jonathan Sale, Financial Times Magazine;so many things here to enjoy - Jeremy Lewis, Literary Review;The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes is a great feast of stories. - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday;a pithy and eclectic collection of tales that reveal the vanity, generosity, foolishness and wisdom of writers, but above all their eccentricity....Such anecdotes are literary garnish. Not to be confused with the meat and drink of literature itself, they are the piquant canapes accompanying a writer's life; they should be savoured, swallowed whole with a willing suspension of disbelief, and on no account regurgitated in after-dinner speeches. - Ben Macintyre, Times
Publication Date:
11 / 05 / 2006

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