Interplay : A Kind of Commonplace Book

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This work touches on subjects as childhood, young murderers, and the use and abuse of stereotypes, modern biography, art, erotica, old and new, animals and man's assumed dominion over them, obsolete notions of integrity in business and government, and the machinery of dreaming. Enright explores such prose poets as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Freud, some curious points of theology, the penalties of imagination, and linguistic bizarrerie in sundry quarters. He looks into the world of books, contemporary Grub Street, the eccentricities of criticism, and the necessity and impracticability of censorship. He casts an eye over contemporary manners, an amused one on mishaps and misunderstandings, not least those affecting old age, and a sad one on our perversities and crimes and other marks of original sin. In so doing he gives us a "kind of" autobiography of a man whose life is inseparable from more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 137.2 x 213.4 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192880306
  • 9780192880307

About D. J. Enright

About the Author D. J. Enright is an essayist, anthologist, reviewer, and poet. His works include The Alluring Problem: An Essay on Irony, The Oxford Book of Death, Collected Poems, and Selected Poems (all OUP).show more

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"[Enright] is a supremely subtle and incorrigibly humorous person of letters who is as sharply critical of his own words and sentences as he is of those of others....Mr. Enright's acute reading...has plenty of appeal for all who claim to live, part of the time at least, by their wits."--William H. Pritchard, The New York Times Book Review"D.J. Enright's learning is not only prodigious, it is pertinent. This is a book that would help to restore humanism to the universities if it could be handed out to new students at the gate."--Clive Jamesshow more

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