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Classics for Pleasure

By Michael Dirda

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| Hardcover | 9780151012510

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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 fan Continue

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 ...(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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Book Details

  • Rating:
    (3)
    • 3 stars
  • English Books
  • Hardcover 384 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0151012512
  • ISBN-13: 9780151012510
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers,U.S.
  • Publish date: 2008-01-03
  • Dimensions: 213 mm x 980 mm x 1,476 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback
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