OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Book of Essays

ISBN : 9780199556557

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著者: 
John Gross
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704 ページ
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129 x 198 mm
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2008年10月
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Oxford Books of Prose & Verse

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  • A new contemporary look for John Gross's celebrated anthology of essays
  • The largest, most comprehensive anthology of essays in print
  • Includes both American and British essayists
  • Up to date - includes such writers as Jan Morris, John Updike, and Clive James

     
The essay is one of the richest of literary forms. Its most obvious characteristics are freedom, informality, and the personal touch - though it can also find room for poetry, satire, fantasy, and sustained argument. 
    
All these qualities, and many others, are on display in The Oxford Book of Essays. The most wide-ranging collection of its kind to appear for many years, it includes 140 essays by 120 writers: classics, curiosities, meditations, diversions, old favourites, recent examples that deserve to be better known. A particularly welcome feature is the amount of space allotted to American essayists, from Benjamin Franklin to John Updike and beyond. 
    
This is an anthology that opens with wise words about the nature of truth, and closes with a consideration of the novels of Judith Krantz. Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps, the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey. It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining.

目次: 

Acknowledgements
Introduction
 
SIR FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626)
Of Truth
Of Revenge
Of Boldness
Of Innovations
Of Masques and Triumphs
 
SIR THOMAS OVERBURY (1581-1613)
A Chambermaid
A Fair and Happy Milkmaid
 
JOHN EARLE (?1601-65)
An Antiquary
A Good Old Man
A Pot-Poet
 
OWEN FELLTHAM (?1602-68)
How the Distempers of these Times should affect wise Men
 
SIR THOMAS BROWNE (1605-82)
On Dreams
 
THOMAS FULLER (1608-61)
Of Anger
 
SAMUEL BUTLER (1612-80)
A Degenerate Noble
 
JEREMY TAYLOR (1613-67)
Of Charity, or the Love of God
 
ABRAHAM COWLEY (1618-67)
Of Avarice
 
JOHN DRIDDEN (1631-1700)
‘Chaucer’ (from Preface to the Fables)
 
JONATHAN SWIFT (1667-1745)
Good Manners and Good Breeding
A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick
 
JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719)
Thoughts in Westminster Abbey
The Royal Exchange
Sir Roger in Westminster Abbey
Sir Roger at Vauxhall
 
SIR RICHARD STEELE (1672-1729)
On Recollections of Childhood
 
LORD CHESTERFIELD (1694-1773)
Upon Affectation
 
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-90)
The Levee
 
HENRY FIELDING (1707-54)
The Poor and the Betters
 
SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-84)
Dignity and Uses of Biography
Conversation
Debtor’s Prisons (1)
Debtor’s Prisons (2)
 
DAVID HUME (1711-76)
Of the Dignity or Meanness of Human Nature
 
OLIVER GOLDSMITH (?1730-74)
On Dress
A Little Great Man
On National Prejudices
 
JAMES BOSWELL (1740-95)
On War
 
CHARLES LAMB (1775-1834)
Dream Children
from On Some of the Old Actors
 
WILLIAM HAZLITT (1778-1830)
On the Pleasure of Hating
Brummelliana
 
LEIGH HUNT (1784-1859)
Getting Up on Cold Mornings
 
THOMAS DE QUINCEY (1785-1859)
The Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth
 
THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881)
from Signs of the Times
 
LORD MACAULAY (1800-59)
from Lord Clive
 
SIR HENRY TAYLOR (1800-86)
On Secrecy
 
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN (1801-90)
Secular Knowledge not a Principe of Action
 
RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-82)
The Conservative
 
NATHANIE HAWTHORNE (1804-62)
The Haunted Mind
 
JOHN STUAT MILL (1806073)
‘Bentham and Coleridge’ (from Coleridge)
 
CHARLES DICKENS (1812-70)
City of London Churches
 
WILLIAM MAKKPEACE THACKERAY (1811-63)
Autour de mon Chapeau
 
ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815-82)
The Plumber
 
HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-62)
Night and Moonlight
 
JAMES ANTHONY FROUD (1818-94)
The Philosophy of Christianity
 
GEORGE ELIOT (1819-80)
Thomas Carlyle
 
MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-88)
Heine and the Philistines (from Heinrich Heine)
 
T. H. HUXLEY (1825-95)
from Evolution and Ethics
 
WALTER BAGEHOT (1826-77)
Dull Government
 
MARK RUTHERFORD (1831-1913)
Talking about our Troubles
 
SIR LESLIE STEPHEN (1832-1902)
On Knowing what Gives us Pleasure
 
MARK TWAIN (1835-62)
Thoughts of God
 
WALTER PATER (1839-94)
Sandro Botticelli
 
W. H. HUDSON (1841-1922)
Wasps
 
AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-?1914)
Disintroductions
 
WILLIAM JAMES (1842-1910)
The Ph.D. Octopus
 
HENRY JAMES (1843-1916)
from London
 
ALICE MEYNELL (1847-1922)
Under the Early Stars
 
RICHARD JEFFERIES (1848-87)
The Acorn-Gatherer
 
ROBERT LOUIS STVENSON (1850-94)
Aes Triplex
 
OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900)
‘The True Critic’ (from The Critic as Artist)
 
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1856-1950)
Sir George Grove
 
JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924)
The Censor of Plays
 
JAMES G. HUNEKER (1860-1921)
A Visit to Walt Whitman
 
JOHN JAY CHAPMAN (1862-1933)
William James
 
GEORGE SANTAYANA (1863-1952)
Intellectual Ambition
Intuitive Morality
 
ARTHUR SYMONS (1865-1945)
Cordova
 
HILAIRE BELLOC (1870-1953)
On the Departure of a Guest
 
BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872-1970)
On Being Modern-Mindd
 
SIR MAX BEERBOHM (1872-1956)
‘A Clergyman’
 
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL (1873-1965)
The Dream
 
G. K. CHESTERTON (1874-1936)
A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls
On Sandals and Simplicity
 
SIR DESMOND MCCARTHY (1879-1952)
Invective
 
E. M. FORSTER (1879-1970)
My Own Centenary
 
LYTTON STRACHEY (1880-1956)
The Libido for the Ugly
Funeral March
 
ROSE MACAULAY (1881-1958)
Evening Parties
 
VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941)
Harriette Wilson
The Death of the Moth
 
JAMES STEPHENS (1882-1950)
Finnegans Wake
 
G. M. YOUNG (1882-1959)
The Greatest Victorian
 
D. H. LAWRENCE (1885-1930)
Insouciance
 
MARIANNE MOORE (1887-1972)
What There is to See at the Zoo
 
T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965)
Marie Lloyd
 
SIR LEWIS NAMIER (1888-1960)
Symmetry and Repetition
 
KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890-1980)
The Necessary Enemy
 
REBECCA WEST (1892-1983)
The Sterner Sex
 
JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH (1893-1970)
The Colloid and the Crystal
 
J. B. S. HALDANE (1892-1964)
On Being the Right Size
 
ALDOUS HUSLEY (1894-1963)
Meditation on the Moon
 
JAMES THURBER (1894-1961)
My Own Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage
 
J. B. PRIESTLEY (1894-1984)
The Toy Farm
 
ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985)
The Case for Xanthippe
 
EDMUND WILSON (1895-1972)
A Preface to Persius
 
E. B. WHITE (1899-1985)
About Myself
 
V. S. PRITCHETT (1900-97)
Our Half-Hogarth
 
CYRIL CONNOLLY (1903-74)
The Anti-Lion
 
GEORGE ORWELL (1903-50)
Reflections on Gandhi
 
EVELYN WAUGH (1903-66)
Well-Informed-Circles … and How to Move in Them
 
GRAHAM GREENE (1904-91
The Lost Childhood
 
LIONEL TRILLING (1905-75)
Adams at Ease
 
SIR JOHN BETJEMAN (1906-84)
A New Westminster
 
SIR WILLIAM EMPSON (1906-84)
The Faces of Buddha
 
LOREN EISELEY (1907-77)
The Snout
 
JACQUES BARZUN (1907-   )
What If ---? English versus German and French
 
MAURICE RICHARDSON (1907-78)
In Search of Nib-Joy
 
M. F. K. FISHER (1908-92)
Young Hunger
 
SIR ISAIAH BERLIN (1909-98)
Churchill and Roosevelt (from Winston Churchill in 1940)
 
LEWIS THOMAS (1913-93)
To Err is Human
 
RANDALL JARRELL (1914-65)
Bad Poets
 
H. R. TREVOR-ROPER (1914-   )
Thomas Hobbes
 
ELIZABETH HARDWICK (1916-   )
The Apotheosis of Martin Luther King
 
ROBERT WARSHOW (1917-55)
The Gangster as Tragic Hero
 
RICHARD COBB (1917-96)
The Homburg Hat
 
CONOR CRUISE O’BRIEN (1917-   )
The People’s Victor
 
PAULINE KAEL (1919-   )
Movies on Television
 
D. J. ENRIGHT (1920-   )
The Marquis and the Madame
 
PHILIP LARKIN (1922085)
The Savage Seventh
 
RAYNER BANHAM (1922-88)
The Crisp at the Crossroads
 
JAMES BALDWIN (1924-87)
Stranger in the Village
 
GORE VIDAL (1925-   )
Robert Graves and the Twelve Caesars
 
JAN MORRIS (1926-   )
La Paz
 
DAN JACOBSON (1929-   )
A Visit from Royalty
 
P. J. KAVANAGH (1931-   )
Is It Alas, Yorick?
 
V. S. NAIPAUL (1932-   )
Columbus and Crusoe
 
JOHN UPDIKE (1932-   )
The Bankrupt Man
 
JOHN DIDION (1934-   )
At the Dam
 
JOSEPH EPSTEIN (1937-   )
About Face
 
CLIVE JAMES (1939-   )
A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses

著者について: 

John Gross is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters (1973) and editor of The Oxford Book of Aphorisms (1983) and The Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes (2006), among other publications. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981, and is currently theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph.

"A vast, wonderful company." - Michael Foot,The Observer
    

"From the thousands of essays and pieces available nobody would choose the same...but I doubt if anyone would have chosen better" - Frank Kermode, Independent on Sunday
   

"The selection has nothing in it that is not of the top class...John Gross has the shrewdest possible eye for what practitioners in the genre can do best with a sense of form and culture, of humour and balance...Every essay here is a pleasure to read." - John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement
    

"John Gross's achievement is to see the essay as an essentially modern medium which addresses us as directly and potently as the newspaper." - Barbara Everett, The Independent

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