The New Oxford Book of English Prose

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John Gross
Oxford University Press, 1999 - 1012 pages
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This book--unique in its international scope--gathers together those rare jewels of the English language that take plain prose to artistic heights. Beginning with Sir Thomas Malory and ending with Kazuo Ishiguro, this anthology chronologically traces the evolution of prose. It shows how it gained confidence and extended its range in the late seventeenth century, and then how, in the eighteenth century, it dispensed with the ornate style of literary giants like Milton and Donne in favor of more concise and compact modern style. The material included in this anthology is literary, but literary, as the editor states in the introduction, is not the narrow term that it is often made to beit embraces an enormous range of experience and response. The New Oxford Book of English Prose pays tribute to literature's vibrant diversity by offering glimpses of master craftsmanship from around the globe. Included here are excerpts from writers of such varied backgrounds as Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Vladimir Nabokov, and Mulk Raj Anand. From the eloquent political treatises of Burke to the bold narrative strokes of Herman Melville, readers will find that the selections contained within this volume superbly illustrate the expressive powers of prose

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It’s sad to find misogyny still alive and well and popping up like weeds. Editor John Gross had only 6 pages to devote to Nathaniel Hawthorne in this anthology, and he chose to give a full page to an ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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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).

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