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The Oxford Book of Aphorisms
The Oxford Book of Aphorisms
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About the Book

An aphorism is a short pithy statement or maxim, but beneath this definition lies a wealth of wit and insight to which neither the word nor a brief description can do justice.

This anthology demonstrates just how rewarding an art form the aphorism can be, and just how brilliantly the aphorist can illuminate the hidden truth, or lay bare the ironies of existence. Specific sections on desires and longings, self-doubt, fame and reputations, happiness and sorrow, cover the
whole range of aphoristic literature. This book brings together the most diverse figures--the classic aphorists, like La Rochefoucauld; the philosophers, from the Greeks to Samuel Johnson to Virginia Woolf--as well as statesmen, scientists, boulevardiers, Olympians, and gadflies. John Gross draws on
their wisdom and wit to produce an anthology that will be referred to time and time again.

About the Author:
John Gross is former editor of The Times Literary Supplement and was on the staff of the New York Times from 1983 to 1988. He has been theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph since 1989 and is the editor of other Oxford anthologies.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780192804563
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 23 mm
  • Width: 129 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0192804561
  • Publisher Date: 01 Apr 2003
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 196 mm
  • No of Pages: 394
  • Series Title: Oxford Books of Prose
  • Weight: 254 gr


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