Frank Kermode, 4 August 1983
Show More The Oxford Book of Aphorisms edited by John Gross.
Oxford, 383 pp., £9.50, March 1983, 0 19 214111 2Show More
The Travellers’ Dictionary of Quotation: Who said what about where? edited by Peter Yapp.
Routledge, 1022 pp., £24.95, April 1983, 0 7100 0992 5Show More
“... The same names provide most of the substance of both books, though with varying emphases. Thus Dr Johnson is Gross’s champion, with Nietzsche the runner-up, whereas in Auden this ranking is reversed. Gross’s other seeds are Vauvenargues, Schopenhauer, Hazlitt, La Bruyère, Goethe, La Rochefoucauld, in that order; Auden has Nietzsche, ...”