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The Book of Prefaces

(2000)
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Library Journal
This long-anticipated book from a major figure in the Scottish literary revival lives up to expectations. A delightfully original, ironic, and humorous compilation, it aims to include every major introductory essay in the English language from Caedmon (seventh century) up to the early 20th century. A red gloss runs down the side of most pages, providing fascinating and often idiosyncratic commentary. The reader learns, for example, that in John Gay's day thieves were likely to hang "unless, like the most successful thieves, they could hire lawyers." Gray, noted for his poetry as well as his novels (Lanark), stories, and plays for stage, radio, and television, was assisted by some 30 contributors, who wrote about 20 percent of the commentary. This book shows how English/American literature spread and developed, but it is itself a work of literature. It is not the mere reference anthology it may appear at first, though it could indeed serve as one. Gray designed this attractive book right down to its quirky dust jacket and drew sketches of many of the contributors. A truly outstanding book; recommended for public and academic libraries.--Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

    

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1900 : USA Hardback
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Title: the Book of Prefaces
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 1-58234-037-4 / 978-1-58234-037-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Book of Prefaces
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 0-7475-4443-3 / 978-0-7475-4443-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book of Prefaces
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 1-58234-324-1 / 978-1-58234-324-2 (USA edition)
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Book of Prefaces
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 0-7475-5912-0 / 978-0-7475-5912-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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