Recommended For Christmas: The Oxford Book Of Parodies
On one shelf in my favorite bookcase I keep my collection of parody anthologies.
"Apes and Parrots" by J. C. Squires.
"A Parody Anthology" by Carolyn Wells.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm.
"A la mani�re de...." by Paul Reboux (1950) and an earlier "A la mani�re de..." (by Reboux and Charles Muller), 1913.
"Koz'ma Prutkov: Direktor Probirnoj Palatki" (a study of Russian parody) by P. N. Berkov
"Parnas Dybom" edited by Cyril Jauksch-Orlovsky.
"Parodies" edited by Dwight Macdonald (with Macdonald's inscription to a previous owner), the anthology that contains the dying words of Dutch Schultz, as an inadvertent parody of someone -- Gertrude Stein, perhaps.
and the devastating parody of Eliot, "The Sweeniad" by "Myra Buttle."
To this bookshelf I will add, this Christmas, "The Oxford Book of Parodies," put together by John Gross, and given an enthusiastic and intelligent review by Seamus Perry (hard by Holywell Manor), in a recent issue of the TLS.
If casting about for a present, this is a present to give or to get.
Posted on 12/07/2010 8:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald