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An excellent selection,
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This review is from: The Oxford Book of Parodies (Hardcover)
The editor in his introduction suggests a spectrum comprising pastiche, parody and burlesque. There are examples of all three styles in this book. It contains a good selection of the best modern parodists - Beerbohm, Craig Brown, Wendy Cope, Malcolm Bradbury, Mark Crick and Alan Bennett. Inevitably, the reader will find some personal favourites missing. My choices would be Sebastian Faulks' Coleridge parody "In Shepherd's Bush did Mister Khan/ A new conservatory decree..." and Roge Woddis' rewrite of Mrs Hemans - "The garden gnomes of England/ How beautiful they stand..." However,I'm glad to see included the naughty version of Cole Porter's "You're the Top" and an extract from Osbert Lancaster's "Draynefleet Revealed".