The Oxford Book of Parodies

The Oxford Book of Parodies

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Parodies come in all shapes and sizes. There are broad parodies and subtle parodies, ingenious imitations and knockabout spoofs, scornful lampoons and affectionate pastiches. All these varieties, and many others, appear in this delightful anthology, which has been hailed as "delightful" (Wall Street Journal), "enjoyable" (The New Yorker), and "sparkling" (The Financial Times). The classics of the genre are all here, but so are scores of lesser known but scarcely less brilliant works. At every stage there are surprises. Proust visits Chelsea, Yeats re-writes "Old King Cole," Harry Potter encounters Mick Jagger, a modernized Sermon on the Mount rubs shoulders with an obituary of Sherlock Holmes. The collection provides a hilarious running commentary on literary history, but it also looks beyond literature to include such things as ad parodies, political parodies, and even a scientific hoax. The collection includes work by such accomplished parodists as Max Beerbohm, Robert Benchley, H. L. Mencken, and Evelyn Waugh. And the "victims" include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Poe, Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Cole Porter, Martin Amis, and many others.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780199548828
Characteristics: xix, 339 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gross, John J.
Alternative Title: Parodies
Book of parodies


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Apr 02, 2011

Fine collection of parodies from literature from "Winter is icumin in" by Ezra Pound to a version of "Old King Cole" as if written by Walt Whitman. Some are side-splitting, laugh out loud funny others provoke snickers and/or mild smiles. On the whole a good read.


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