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The New Oxford Book of Light Verse - Chosen & Edited by Kingsley Amis

Oxford University Press, 1978, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Kingsley Amis’s new anthology celebrates a rich and pleasing — if often underrated — tradition of English writing. The choice of poems reflects the great variety of this tradition as well as the tastes and firmly-held views of its distinguished editor, and its main objective — ‘to raise a good natured smile’ — is achieved with heartening frequency in a book that ranges from (generally genial) satire to nonsense verse, from deft vers de societe of the kind perfected by Praed and C. S. Calverley to epigrams and limericks, from Shakespeare to the New Statesman. More than 250 poems by some 80 authors (assiduous Anon, apart) provide a witty and consistently entertaining survey of English verse, from Rochester and Ben Jonson to Anthony Powell and Sir Osbert Lancaster by way of Thackeray, Gilbert and Hilaire Belloc. This new addition to the family of Oxford anthologies is a completely fresh selection. Auden’s definition of ‘light’ was closer to ‘popular’ than to ‘humorous’, and he included poems on the ground that they were, in their time, accessible to a general audience. Kingsley Amis’s selection — which includes some previously unpublished masterpieces as well as familiar favourites — is lighter in heart, and closer to a modern expectation of what ‘light’ means.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 347
ISBN: 0192118625

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