John Gross

John Gross was a British author, editor, and critic known for his work in literature and journalism. He served as the editor of The Times Literary Supplement and was a prolific writer, contributing to various publications and authoring several books.


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  1. 1. The Rise And Fall Of The Man Of Letters

    This book provides a comprehensive history and analysis of the intellectual and cultural role of writers and critics in English society from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. It explores the evolution of the "man of letters" - intellectuals who were not just writers or scholars but also influential cultural critics and commentators. The narrative delves into how these figures shaped public opinion and literary taste through their essays, reviews, and editorial work, and how their influence waned with the rise of new media and changing social dynamics. The work is both a tribute to the contributions of these individuals and a critical examination of their legacy in the face of modern challenges to traditional forms of cultural authority.

    The 3115th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Oxford Book Of Comic Verse

    This anthology is a comprehensive collection that spans several centuries, showcasing the wit, humor, and satire that have been a part of English poetry. Compiled with a discerning eye for both the amusing and the poignant, it brings together a diverse range of poets, from the well-known to the obscure, each contributing to the rich tapestry of comic verse. The selection not only highlights the evolution of English comedic poetry but also offers readers an insight into the social and cultural contexts that shaped these works. Through its carefully curated content, the anthology invites readers to explore the lighter side of poetry, proving that verse can be both entertaining and intellectually stimulating.

    The 5092nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Shylock

    "Shylock" is a comprehensive exploration of one of Shakespeare's most complex and controversial characters, Shylock, from "The Merchant of Venice." The book delves into the character's creation, his role within the play, and his portrayal on stage over the centuries. It examines how perceptions of Shylock have evolved in line with cultural and social changes, reflecting broader shifts in attitudes towards race, religion, and identity. The author provides a detailed analysis of significant performances and interpretations of Shylock, offering insights into how this character has been used both to reinforce and challenge anti-Semitic stereotypes.

    The 8339th Greatest Book of All Time