The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes

If literaturen be described as journalism worth reading twice, then anecdotes can be described as gossip worth hearing twice, wrote Frank Muir in his London Times review of this book The stories collected here nearly 500 covering a span of 1300 years have been heard and read many times over and have become almost a part of literature themselves They add spice an If literaturen be described as journalism worth reading twice, then anecdotes can be described as gossip worth hearing twice, wrote Frank Muir in his London Times review of this book The stories collected here nearly 500 covering a span of 1300 years have been heard and read many times over and have become almost a part of literature themselves They add spice and dimension to literary works and illuminate the often shadowy characters of their authors For instance, would the works of Samuel Johnson be half as interesting if his wit hadn t been recorded by his devoted biographer James Boswell And would we understand T.S Eliot s poems quite so well if we didn t know of his religious piety James Sutherland has sifted through numerous memoirs and biographies to compile this rich and fascinating anthology of tall and short tales, moving portraits, and comic asides about the men and women of English letters.
The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes If literaturen be described as journalism worth reading twice then anecdotes can be described as gossip worth hearing twice wrote Frank Muir in his London Times review of this book The stories colle

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  1. Not all the anecdotes are equally interesting or entertaining, but the good ones are well worth the read. In fact, there's a great deal of fun in these pages (if not downright delight) as we learn little insider foibles of the famous men and women of great English literature. I adored the peeks into history, culture, and society of these earlier times, as well as admiring the astonishing prowess with language that nearly all the writers display--and these being the friends and neighbors of the l [...]

  2. Fantastic series of anecdotes upon anecdotes, especially heavy on the 18th and 19th centuryeach about a page or two long. Transports you to the gentlemanly world of sublte slights, eccentricities we would consider mild (but more genuine) by today's standards, and the birth of the genius as a personality type. Have your servant order some porter from the local dining club while you dodge your creditors and enjoy this book. I have, several times now. If you're like me, which I'm sure you're not, y [...]

  3. I wondered if I could enjoy a book less and still complete it; but then, I probably have read books I enjoyed less, and they were not all class assignments, although some of those come to mind.I became acutely aware of a problem with the word "anecdotes".  It does not necessarily mean humorous moments, but only moments.  I do not think I smiled at anything in the first third of the book, and although there were more humorous bits later I never found any of them especially funny. That may in pa [...]

  4. If you enjoy English literature, you'll find this book a worthy read. Some of the most insightful, humorous and witty accounts are revealed here about many of my favorite authors. It's a wonderful glimpse into the personality of these literary greats that add an essential dimension to understanding their works. Brilliant!

  5. No, I haven't read or heard of all the authors included, but this is an entertaining book to pick up and flip through when I want to read something but don't want to have to concentrate and follow an argument.

  6. Delightful. Important to note that this is not necessarily a laugh-a-minute book, nor is it designed to be read from cover to cover. But it comes from an earlier era when anecdotes could be just that: little moments, of a more humorous than serious vein.

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