The New Oxford Book of English Prose

The New Oxford Book of English Prose

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This is a unique anthology. Drawing on the full range of English prose, wherever it has been written, it illustrates the growth, development, and resources of the language from the legends of Sir Thomas Malory to the novels of Kashuo Ishiguro. In the process it reveals a variety of achievements which no other language can more

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  • Paperback | 1054 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 50.8mm | 1,111.3g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192830007
  • 9780192830005

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Over 1000 pages of extracts from British and US literature from Sir Thomas Malory to Kazuo Ishiguro. It is easy to grumble, as many readers will, about the eccentricities of personal choice - Sacheverell but not Osbert Sitwell; eight pages of D H Lawrence, only two paragraphs of Lytton Strachey; one page of V S Pritchett, a solid four of Vladimir Nabokov. It is valid criticism, too, that many of the extracts are too brief to give any real sense of the writer's style. What we have is the literary equivalent of those collections of miniature tables and chairs which cabinet-makers used to advertize their skills: a patchwork history of writing in English - and without question a first-rate bedside book. (Kirkus UK)show more

About John Gross

John Gross is former editor of the TLS and currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph, and reviews widely. He has previously edited the Oxford Books of Aphorisms (1983), Essays (1991), and Comic Verse (1994).show more

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