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Anthony Burgess by Roger Lewis
Anthony Burgess by Roger Lewis
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not quite a biography, not a lit crit study either, this extensive demolition job is designed to show that Burgess was "a parody of a great writer, rather than a great writer". Lewis's tone, though, is better conveyed by comments that Burgess was a "self-deluding prick" and generally by his asking at every turn what he hell Burgess thought he was playing at. Unfortuntely the biographer's mateyness is just as contrived as any of his subject's pretentiousness, and his footnotes, which sometimes take up 80 or 90% of a double page, go into great biographical detail about minor characters, which proves just as boring as the worst of Burgess's novels.
To be fair, Lewis is spot-on with most… Read more
The Oxford English Dictionary : second edition (20&hellip by John Simpson
24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The daddy, 6 Nov 2001
This is a colossal, epic work, and one which is absolutely beautiful. The overriding feeling is one of gratitude and awe at the scale of what has been done here. Certainly the greatest dictionary in any language - and it's in ours. So get it at once.

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