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The new Oxford book of English prose
Gross, John, 1935-2011.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xli, 1012 pages : illustrations, ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PR1285 .N48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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 ofachievements which no other language can match. The book represents an enormous diversity of men and women - from John Bunyan to John Updike, from Brendan Behan to Chinua Achebe, from Dorothy Wordsworth to Patrick White. As the centuries progress, American writers increase their presence, and by the twentieth century there are contributions fromIndia, Australia, Canada, Nigeria, the Caribbean and many other parts of the world. The selection is no less remarkable for its breadth in terms of subject-matter and treatment. Fiction is generously represented, but many other kinds of writing have also been drawn on: letters, diaries, and memoirs; history and philosophy; criticism and reportage; sermons and satire; travel-books;reflections on art, science, politics and sport. There are classic and well-loved passages, and also a great deal that is unfamiliar. John Gross has chosen with consummate skill to produce a volume that is both a testimonial to English prose and an endless source of pleasurable browsing.

Author Notes

John Gross is former editor of the TLS and currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph, and reviews widely

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Library Journal Review

This new anthology of writing in English proves to be much more than a revision of the Oxford Book of English Prose. Gross, a journalist and editor of the Oxford Books of Aphorisms (1987), Essays (LJ 2/1/91), and Comic Verse (1994), collects some of the same authors, but he makes different selections. Gross bases his choices on their literary, not historical, significance, and his attempt to be international in his selections is the strength of this anthology. Of the over 490 authors included, 21 percent are American, and 11 percent hail from countries such as Ireland, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, and Nigeria. Additionally, 12 percent of the writers represented are women, and 20th-century writers are included. Writers' nationalities are indicated in the index. This work has more breadth than The Macmillan Anthology of English Prose (1994). Recommended for public and academic libraries.¬ĎShana C. Fair, Ohio Univ. Lib., Zanesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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