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The Oxford Book of Essays


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John Gross is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters (1973) and editor of The Oxford Book of Aphorisms (1983) and The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes (2006), among other publications. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981, and is currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph.


A vast, wonderful company. Michael Foot,The Observer, From the thousands of essays and pieces available nobody would choose the same...but I doubt if anyone would have chosen better Frank Kermode,Independent on Sunday The selection has nothing in it that is not of the top class...John Gross has the shrewdest possible eye for what practitioners in the genre can do best with a sense of form and culture, of humour and balance...Every essay here is a pleasure to read. John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement John Gross's achievement is to see the essay as an essentially modern medium which addresses us as directly and potently as the newspaper. Barbara Everett, The Independent

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