Oscar Wilde once had a character remark, "He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram". Here are over 5,000 instances of writers wielding the knife on their best friends!
From Socrates to Julie Burchill via St Augustine, Francis Bacon, George Eliot, Dorothy Parker and Bob Dylan, this book covers 2,500 years of pithy, witty and wise sayings. The epigrams are arranged thematically so that the reader can scan the thoughts of the writers throughout history on such diverse topics as Animals, Beauty, Death, Life, Fashion, Madness and Sports. This means that DH Lawrence and John Lennon sit side by side in the section on Life, while Rousseau and Dr Seuss compare notes on Children.
In this wonderful anthology, MJ Cohen not only provides the browser with hours of entertaining, stimulating reading, but also presents anyone in search of the witty, sharp remark on any subject with the perfect reference book.