The Book of Prefaces

The Book of Prefaces

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This book is not a monster created by a literary Baron Frankenstein, but a unique history of how literature spread and developed through three British nations and most North American states. The result of a lifetime's reading and creative labour, intellectual and artistic, "The Book of Prefaces" will delight, amaze and inform both casual browsers and students. Its like will not be seen again for at least another more

Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 41mm | 939g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747559120
  • 9780747559122
  • 754,174

About Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray has spent sixteen years on this project though he has written and illustrated other books in the meantime, not least the prize-winning novel POOR THINGS and the story-collection, TEN TALES TALL AND more

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'A house in Britain that does not have a copy of this book is a house bereft: it will afford you great wisdom in the afternoon and many an enlightened smile after dark' Daily Telegraph 'Superb... eloquent... there is no disputing the enormous knowledge, the sheer love of books that is gathered here' Scotland on Sunday 'He is our nearest contemporary equivalent to Blake, our sweetest-natured screwed-up visionary. Buy the book!' Evening Standardshow more

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