Introduction ; Aphorists & Aphorisms I ; Nature ; Mankind ; Life ; Desires & Longings ; Fears, Hopes, Passions ; Design and Chance ; Individuals ; The Sense of Identity ; Self-Love ; Self-Knowledge ; Self-Doubt ; One Among Many ; Fame & Reputation ; The Arts of Success ; Action & Achievement ; Money & Rank ; The Social Fabric ; Love, Jealousy, Libido ; Happiness & Sorrow ; Good & Evil ; etc
John Gross was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981 and on the staff of the New York Times from 1983 to 1988. He has been theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph since 1989 and is the editor of other Oxford anthologies and After Shakespeare: An Anthology, published this year to rave reviews.
Review from previous edition 'entertaining, thoughtful, splendidly
varied' * Kingsley Amis *
'an admirable collection' * Anthony Burgess *
'And now, from the people who bring you the best anthologies, one of their best anthologies' * Christopher Ricks, Sunday Times *
'a really splendid book' * Observer *
'fascinating ... [the reader] will experience the delight of having his worst fears for the human race confirmed with brevity and style' * Quentin Crisp *