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The Oxford Book Of Essays

The Oxford Book Of Essays

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, The most wide-ranging collection of its kind to appear for many years, it includes 140 essays by 120 writers : classics, curiosities, meditations, diversions, old favourites, recent examples that deserve to be better known. Its most obvious characteristics are freedom, informality, and the personal touch - though it can also find room for poetry, satire, fantasy, and sustained argument. It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining. , Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps, the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey. All these qualities, and many others, are on display in The Oxford Book of Essays. A particularly welcome feature is the amount of space allotted to American essayists, from Benjamin Franklin to John Updike and beyond. The essay is one of the richest of literary forms. . This is an anthology that opens with wise words about the nature of truth, and closes with a consideration of the novels of Judith Krantz.


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