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Gross, John 1935-2011

Works: 50 works in 471 publications in 7 languages and 18,935 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sayings  Biography  History  Anecdotes  Parodies, imitations, etc  Reviews  Humor  Poetry  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler, Redactor
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Most widely held works about John Gross
Most widely held works by John Gross
The Oxford book of essays by John Gross( Book )

34 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 2,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of 140 essays by 120 writers features classics, curiosities, meditations, diversions, old favorites, and recent examples
The Oxford book of aphorisms by John Gross( Book )

39 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects aphorisms arranged into more than 50 categories
John P. Marquand by John Gross( Book )

18 editions published in 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critical study of the career of Marquand from the publication of The Late George Apley through the serious novels written during the last twenty-five years of his life
The Oxford book of comic verse( Book )

23 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on a wide range of verse forms such as epigrams, street ballads, classical poetry, Augustan satire, and advertising jingles
The age of Kipling by John Gross( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kipling is a writer who in many ways lends himself to over-simplification, and he is still no doubt most commonly thought of, not without reason, as a kind of cartoon figure, a handy textbook symbol of the Empire that was. Yet he was in fact far more contradictory and many-sided than either friends or foes generally gave him credit for being during his own lifetime, and if the essays in this collection range widely both in theme and approach, it is in an effort to capture something of his complexity and versatility. The man who emerges may often have chosen to take a bold or even crude line, but it was not through any lack of subtlety in his own make-up; he may have had among his other gifts an almost unequalled talent for coining slogans and catchphrases, but he himself defies any easy formula or summing-up. - Foreword
James Joyce by John Gross( Book )

55 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in 7 languages and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dickens and the twentieth century by John Gross( Book )

49 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays by 18 contributors
Shylock : a legend and its legacy by John Gross( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like Don Quixote or Robinson Crusoe, Shylock is one of the great familiar figures of world drama, known even to people who have never read or seen The Merchant of Venice. He is also one of the most controversial characters ever conceived; his ambiguities have been a challenge to actors, directors, critics, and playgoers for more than four centuries. Is he villain or victim? Tragic or comic? What was Shakespeare's attitude toward the character described on the play's title page in 1600 as "a man of extreame crueltie," and what should be our own?" "It was the brilliant notion of literary and theater critic John Gross to explore the complex and influential history that has given Shylock a life beyond the play and established him as a figure of world mythology. Beginning with the elements that went into Shylock's creation, Gross traces his evolution on the stage at the hands of legendary actors such as Charles Macklin and Edmund Kean on down to George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier. Shylock has enjoyed equally colorful treatment on the page, where he has troubled and stimulated writers as different as Marcel Proust, Henry James, Heinrich Heine, and Erica Jong. Gross pays particular attention to Jewish attitudes toward Shylock, and to his place in the history of anti-Semitism, his use as an economic symbol, and his importance to psychologists and psychoanalysts." "The result is a remarkable cultural study that sheds as much light on our shifting attitudes and beliefs as on the rich and disquieting figure Shakespeare created."--Jacket
The new Oxford book of English prose( Book )

21 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a representative selection of work by major prose-writers in the English language, drawn from throughout five centuries. 'Arranged chronologically
The rise and fall of the man of letters; a study of the idiosyncratic and the humane in modern literature by John Gross( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1973 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford book of parodies by John Gross( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Parodies come in all shapes and sizes. There are broad parodies and subtle parodies, ingenious imitations and knockabout spoofs, scornful lampoons and affectionate pastiches. All these varieties, and many others, are represented in this stunning new anthology, which provides an unparalleled introduction to the parodist's art. The classics of the genre are all here, from Lewis Carroll to Max Beerbohm; but so are scores of lesser known but scarcely less gifted figures, and brilliant contemporaries such as Craig Brown and Wendy Cope." "At every stage there are surprises. Chaucer celebrates Miss Joan Hunter Dunn, Proust visits Chelsea, Yeats re-writes 'Old King Cole', Harry Potter encounters Mick Jagger, a modernized Sermon on the Mount rubs shoulders with an obituary of Sherlock Holmes. The collection provides a hilarious running commentary on literary history, but it also looks beyond literature in the narrow sense to take in such things as advertisements, legal rituals, political warfare, and a scientific hoax"--Jacket
The new Oxford book of literary anecdotes by John Gross( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of literary gossip and intimate sidelights on the lives of the authors." "The dictionary defines an anecdote as 'a short account of an entertaining or interesting incident', and the anecdotes in this collection more than live up to that description. Many of them are funny, often explosively so. Others are touching, outrageous, sinister, inspiring, or downright weird. They show writers in the English-speaking world from Chaucer to the present acting both unpredictably, and deeply in character. The range is wide - this is a book which finds room for Milton and Margaret Atwood, George Eliot and P.G. Wodehouse, Chinua Achebe and Ian Fleming, Brendan Behan and Wittgenstein. It is also a book in which you can find out which great historian's face was once mistaken for a baby's bottom, which film star left a haunting account of Virginia Woolf not long before her death, and what Agatha Christie really thought of Hercule Poirot."--Jacket
After Shakespeare : an anthology by John Gross( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No writer has served as such a powerful source of inspiration for other writers as Shakespeare. No writer has attracted such widespread and varied comment. This unique anthology draws on the vast literature that plays little part in formal Shakespeare criticism and scholarship, but that shows with immediacy and passion the enormous impact Shakespeare has had on our cultural life. Novelists, poets, and playwrights are all represented. So are philosophers, historians, composers, film-makers, politicians. Shakespearean characters and motifs are shown fuelling the genius of Goethe and Dostoevsky, Aldous Huxley and Emily Dickinson, John Updike and Duke Ellington, Nabokov and Proust. Shakespeare the man fires the imagination of Kipling and Joyce, Borges and Anthony Burgess. Herman Melville writes a poem about Falstaff. D.H. Lawrence anatomizes Hamlet. R.K. Narayan describes a Shakespeare lesson in an Indian classroom. John Osborne adapts Coriolanus. Ionesco reworks Macbeth. The choice of critical responses is equally wide-ranging. Jean-Paul Sartre proves an unexpectedly expert commentator on King Lear. Alfred Dreyfus and Nelson Mandela console themselves with Shakespeare during their imprisonment. And curiosities abound - parodies, burlesques, strange echoes and eccentricities. Throughout the book we can see Shakespeare changing lives, opening up fresh horizons and reaching out to "the great globe itself".-Dust jacket
The rise and fall of the man of letters: aspects of English literary life since 1800 by John Gross( Book )

52 editions published between 1969 and 1992 in English and Japanese and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Modern movement : a TLS companion( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve authors, from W.B. Yeats to Franz Kafka, and how the TLS reacted to their work on its first appearance, and something of how it has come to be viewed in retrospect
Rudyard Kipling: the man, his work and his world by John Gross( Book )

14 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies over leven en werk van de Engelse schrijver Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Shylock : four hundred years in the life of a legend by John Gross( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historisk, litterær og biografisk information
The examined life; four centuries of the essay by John Gross( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A double thread : a childhood in Mile End--and beyond by John Gross( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Steinbeck, a guide to the collection of the Salinas Public Library by Salinas Public Library( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford book of aphorisms
Alternative Names
Gross, John.

Gross, John 1935-

Gross, John 1935-2011

Gross, John J.

Gross, John J. 1935-2011

Gross John Jacob 1935-2011

John Gross englischer Schriftsteller, Herausgeber und Literaturkritiker

Джон Гросс

جون جروس

グロス, ジョン

The Oxford book of aphorismsThe Oxford book of comic verseDickens and the twentieth centuryShylock : a legend and its legacyThe new Oxford book of English proseThe Oxford book of parodiesThe new Oxford book of literary anecdotesAfter Shakespeare : an anthology