OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Book of Death

ISBN : 9780199556526

Price(incl.tax): 
¥1,826
Author: 
D.J. Enright
Pages
368 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 198 mm
Pub date
Oct 2008
Series
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
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  • A new contemporary look for D. J. Enright's widely praised anthology
  • An intriguing and not always melancholic collection of insights on a subject of universal concern and fascination
  • Extracts range from Plato, c. 400 BC, to living writers
  • Includes extracts from extremely well-known poets, playwrights and authors, as well as some more unusual and surprising sources

      
The inescapable reality of death has given rise to much of literature's most profound and moving work. D. J. Enright's wonderfully eclectic selection presents the words of poet and novelist, scientist and philosopher, mystic and sceptic. And alongside these 'professional' writers, he allows the voices of ordinary people to be heard; for this is a subject on which there are no real experts and wisdom lies in many unexpected places.

Index: 

Editor's Note
Introduction
Definitions

Views and Attitudes
The Hour of Death
Suicide
Mourning
Graveyards and Funerals
Resurrections and Immortalities
Hereafters
Revenants
War, Plague and Persecution
Love and Death
Children
Animals
Epitaphs, Requiems and Last Words
Acknowledgements
Indexes

About the author: 

D. J. Enright (1920-2002), poet, novelist, and critic, was born in Royal Leamington Spa, the son of a postman. He was educated at Leamington College and Downing College, Cambridge. His first collection of poetry, The laughing hyena and other poems was published in 1953. This was followed by an anthology Poets of the 1950s (1955) which gathered together the work of contemporary poets that became known as 'The Movement'. His own poetry was straightforward, sometimes ironic and almost in the style of light verse, often dealing with themes of inequality. In fiction, D.J. Enright recreated his own experiences of a British academic in a foreign country. His first novel, Academic Year (1955), has been compared with Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim. Enright published several books for children, including the novels The Joke Shop (1976), Wild Ghost Chase (1978) and Beyond Land's End (1979).

learned, original, serious, yet always enjoyable, as well as frequently surprising - Geoffrey Grigson
    

extensive and enjoyable ... first rate - Anthony Powell, Daily Telegraph
    

a tonic as well as a wholesome draught of mortality - John Carey, Sunday Times
    

salutary, sometimes breathtaking, finally life-enhancing - Times Educational Supplement
     

excellent ... [Enright] has gathered a fine harvest and cleverly kept melancholy in check - The Guardian

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