Classics for Pleasure

Classics for Pleasure

By Michael Dirda

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156033855, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2008

Description
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 Soren 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 is a Pulitzer Prize winning critic and longtime book columnist for the "Washington Post". He is the author of four collections of essays, "Readings", "Bound to Please", "Book by Book", and "Classics for Pleasure", as well as the memoir "An Open Book". A lifelong Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fan, he was inducted into The Baker Street Irregulars in 2002.


Praise For Classics for Pleasure

PRAISE FOR CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE

"[Dirda's] impeccable standards, unbridled enthusiasm and intelligent joy at recounting elements of character, scene, author and society will attract anyone with a genuine interest in literate discoveries."San Francisco Chronicle

"Dirda is a master of the light touch--his tone is invariably cordial and measured . . . His expansiveness, his love of genre fiction like detective novels, gives his writing an approachability lacking in so much literary criticism."--The Boston Globe