The Oxford Book of Essays by critic and editor John Gross is a highly pleasurable read with its wise selection and compilation. It is a comprehensive collection quite rare in the recent years with its 140 selections from 120 writers. Anybody who is familiar with literature will understand very well that essays are the richest of literary forms around. This genre has certain exclusive characters such as the presence of a personal touch, informality and freedom. It is a versatile format giving ample scope to the inclusion of poetry, sustained argument, fantasy and satire. John Gross makes optimal use of all the components and features of essays to bring a must-read compilation for the readers.
Published by Oxford University Press, this book is a treasure trove of essays consisting of diversions, classics, meditations, old favorites and curiosities. Besides, it also contains recent examples that deserve better recognition than what they enjoy now. One of the interesting and uplifting features of this book is that it includes entries from American essayists, which readers do not come across often. Thus, readers can enjoy essays by Benjamin Franklin, John Updike and others. The book discusses a wide variety of topics including pleasure, anger, Judith Krantz novels, Gandhi, potato crisps, party going, plumbers, Beethoven and wasps. The Oxford Book of Essays is an interesting read that will compel you to look at the genre of essays in a new light.
John Gross has over the years enjoyed an illustrious career working with big names such as the Sunday Telegraph, NYT, and TLS. This book is another feather in his cap.
The paperback edition of The Oxford Book of Essays is available for online shopping, listed with an ISBN 10 - 099556555 and an ISBN 13 - 978 0199556557.