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The Anatomy Of Melancholy (NYRB Classics)
The Anatomy Of Melancholy (NYRB Classics)
by Robert Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hand me the Anatomy and leave me to my abominable devices, 18 Jun. 2001
A source for Keats. Coleridge and the other romantics, the first confessional book in English, a crash-course in Classical quotation, the only book to get Samuel Johnson up before midday, a treatise on a disease which is also its cure...Robert Burton might have benefited if Prozac had been available, but English Literature would have been badly harmed.


Cards of Identity (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Cards of Identity (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by Nigel Dennis
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great unknown novel, 31 May 2001
This book comes into print and goes out of print regularly, so buy it while you can. Con men and parasites,whiskey priests and ceremonial flunkeys, seek for identities or have them imposed by the Identity Club in a grotesque satire which works as well now as it did when it first came out. Add the best comedy Shakespeare should have written... Then go to second-hand shops for Dennis's other novels: 'Boys and Girls Come out to Play' and 'A House in Order' - not as good, but better than nearly all novels of the last fifty years.


Speech! Speech!
Speech! Speech!
by Geoffrey Hill
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's become of Hill?, 11 May 2001
This review is from: Speech! Speech! (Hardcover)
What's become of Hill? In The Triumph of Love and in this book Hill has shown a sense of humour -not a gentle one of course- as well as his usual costive wit. He is still concerned with human evil and heroism and the conscience; you still find yourself doing a crash-course in Reformation and Renascence morality and theology and looking up people you hadn't heard of- Nigerian soldiers or German anti-Nazis for example- but Hill seems to have stopped trying to fit all of our moral concerns into a terse poem where the placement of the opening of a parenthesis is a vital moral judgment and a reference to a mediaeval philosopher changes a poem's meaning.


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