Classics For Pleasure (Paperback)

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Michael Dirda is one of the best literary critics in the biz, and this list of his personal favorites is the best ‘book list’ I know of. Discover books you’ve never heard of, and rediscover books you’ve taken for granted and didn’t think were actually worth adding to your queue. It’s like a big book of staff picks!

— Jimmy


This is not your father’s list of classics. In these delightful essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda introduces nearly ninety of the world’s most entertaining books.  Writing with affection as well as authority, Dirda covers masterpieces of fantasy and science fiction, horror and adventure, as well as epics, history, essay, and children’s literature. Organized thematically, these are works that have shaped our imaginations. "Love’s Mysteries" moves from Sappho and Arthurian romance to Sören Kierkegaard and Georgette Heyer. In other categories Dirda discusses not only Dracula and Sherlock Holmes but also the Tao Te Ching and Icelandic sagas, Frederick Douglass and Fowler’s Modern English Usage. Whether writing about Petronius or Perelman, Dirda makes literature come alive. Classics for Pleasure is a perfect companion for any reading group or lover of books.

About the Author

MICHAEL DIRDA has been a Fulbright Fellow and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his literary criticism in the Washington Post Book World. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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"For some time now, the best book critic in America has been Michael Dirda."--The New York Observer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156033855
ISBN-10: 0156033852
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 10th, 2008
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Harvest Book