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Classics for Pleasure

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Publisher: Harcourt Publishers,U.S.

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 384 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0151012512 | Isbn-13: 9780151012510 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Also available as: Paperback

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Book Description
This is not your father’s list of classics. In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world’s most entertaining books. Writing with affection as well as authority, Dirda covers masterpieces of fantasy and science fiction, horror and adventure, as well as epics, history, essay, and children’s literature. Organized thematically, these are works that have shaped our imaginations. Love’s Mysteries moves from Sappho and Arthurian romance to Soren Kierkegaard and Georgette Heyer. In other categories Dirda discusses not only Dracula and Sherlock Holmes but also the Tao Te Ching and Icelandic sagas, Frederick Douglass and Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Whether writing about Petronius or Perelman, Dirda makes literature come alive. Classics for Pleasure is a perfect companion for any reading group or lover of books.

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    This is useful when the writer happens to highlight a classic that you haven't read and is also able to convince you of the worth of chasing it up. However, for most of his recommendations that I hadn't read, I wasn't left with much interest in doing so.


    In the end I only added a few books ...continue

    This is useful when the writer happens to highlight a classic that you haven't read and is also able to convince you of the worth of chasing it up. However, for most of his recommendations that I hadn't read, I wasn't left with much interest in doing so.

    In the end I only added a few books to my wish-list which is the real measure of worth for a book like this.

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