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The Oxford Book of Death By D. J. Enright (Poet and Literary Critic)

The Oxford Book of Death

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'Reading for this anthology,' says D. J. Enright in his introduction, 'I was moved to the thought that on no theme have writers shown themselves more lively.'

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The Oxford Book of Death by D. J. Enright (Poet and Literary Critic)

The inescapable reality of death has given rise to much of literature's most profound and moving work. D. J. Enright's wonderfully eclectic selection presents the words of poet and novelist, scientist and philosopher, mystic and sceptic. And alongside these 'professional' writers, he allows the voices of ordinary people to be heard; for this is a subject on which there are no real experts and wisdom lies in many unexpected places.

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Review from previous edition learned, original, serious, yet always enjoyable, as well as frequently surprising * Geoffrey Grigson *
extensive and enjoyable ... first rate * Anthony Powell, Daily Telegraph *
a tonic as well as a wholesome draught of mortality * John Carey, Sunday Times *
salutary, sometimes breathtaking, finally life-enhancing * Times Educational Supplement *
excellent ... [Enright] has gathered a fine harvest and cleverly kept melancholy in check * The Guardian *

About D. J. Enright (Poet and Literary Critic)

D. J. Enright (1920-2002), poet, novelist, and critic, was born in Royal Leamington Spa, the son of a postman. He was educated at Leamington College and Downing College, Cambridge. His first collection of poetry, The laughing hyena and other poems was published in 1953. This was followed by an anthology Poets of the 1950s (1955) which gathered together the work of contemporary poets that became known as 'The Movement'. His own poetry was straightforward, sometimes ironic and almost in the style of light verse, often dealing with themes of inequality. In fiction, D.J. Enright recreated his own experiences of a British academic in a foreign country. His first novel, Academic Year (1955), has been compared with Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim. Enright published several books for children, including the novels The Joke Shop (1976), Wild Ghost Chase (1978) and Beyond Land's End (1979).

Table of Contents

Editor's Note ; Introduction ; Definitions ; Views and Attitudes ; The Hour of Death ; Suicide ; Mourning ; Graveyards and Funerals ; Resurrections and Immortalities ; Hereafters ; Revenants ; War, Plague and Persecution ; Love and Death ; Children ; Animals ; Epitaphs, Requiems and Last Words ; Acknowledgements ; Indexes

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The Oxford Book of Death by D. J. Enright (Poet and Literary Critic)
D. J. Enright (Poet and Literary Critic)
Oxford Books of Prose & Verse
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