This is a fascinating exploration into the world of books; rather the minds of authors of some classics as revealed in the dedications and prefaces, covering an astonishing span of more than four thousand years, from the Code of Hammurabi to Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Arguably the only book of its kind, it exposes readers to some of the books which have radically changed human civilizational history, such as Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species or Keyne’s General Theory of Income, Employment and Money.
A chapter on how the classics as we know them now were received when they came out, and the consequential agony and ecstasy of the authors will reveal many hitherto little-known facts.
An erudite and entertaining read.
“A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”
JANE AUSTEN Mansfield Park