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Getting a Laugh and Other Essays

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674282155

Publication Date: 01/01/1924

218 pages


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Long known as a brilliant scholar and a winning interpreter of Dante’s times to our modern era, C.H. Grandgent now throws aside the academic gown and settles down for unhampered conversation in the best tradition of the essay. He will get your laugh when he recounts his droll anecdotes; he will get your delighted chuckle as he pokes sly fun at pedantic scholarship or national self-importance; he will leave you at the end with a glow of pleasure that makes you for days afterward recall brilliant paragraphs and sends you back to his pages to read them once more. In fine, here are personal essays as fragrant as the bottle of vermouth that figures in one delightful incident, a treat for all lovers of good talk.

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