"...good for endless hours of random reading. Open at any page, at any time. You will be rewarded in unexpected ways, by unexpected writers."--William Grimes, New York Times
"An agreeable and quite funny bookish companion."--Los Angeles Times
"Literature lovers will find juicy tidbits and surprising revelations on every page."--Library Journal
"Contains scores of delightful items.... All the anecdotes are set out in the elegant, unobtrusive manner that one is accustomed to from other of Mr. Gross's handsome anthologies for Oxford."--The Wall Street Journal
"I would argue that, after food, shelter, and sex, anecdotes are an absolute necessity to human life. After all, the only thing that makes most of our agonizing experiences endurable is the potential for turning them into amusing anecdotes.... full of such juicy tidbits, along with more serious or even poignant reflections."--Booklist
About the Author
John Gross was editor of the TLS from 1973-81, editor and staff writer on the New York Times from 1983-8, and theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph from 1989-2005. For OUP he has edited the Oxford Books of Aphorisms, Essays and Comic Verse, The New Oxford Book of English Prose and After Shakespeare. His other books include The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters, Shylock: A Legend and its Legacy, and A Double Thread.