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The Malcontents: The Best Bitter, Cynical, and Satirical Writing in the Worldby Joe Queenan
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Popular satirist Joe Queenan proves that cynicism in literature flourished long before Generation X in this acerbic compendium of the best classic satirical writing from the last several centuries, as well as from Ancient Greece. The collection encompasses essays, short stories, plays, and novels, with Queenan's insightful biographies of each featured writer. Selections include engaging, readable works by early wits ranging from Oscar Wilde to Mark Twain, and excerpts from The Prince by Machiavelli; "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift; "Justine" by the Marquis de Sade; as well as works by Rabelais, Moliere, Ben Johnson, Aristophanes, George Bernard Shaw, Jane Austen, and other wits.
"[T]hough heavily weighted toward 'classic satire,' this anthology is likely the best of its kind to date." Library Journal
"Popular satirist Joe Queenan proves that cynicism in literature flourished long before Generation X in this acerbic compendium of the best classic satirical writing from the last several centuries, as"
About the Author
Joe Queenan is the author of seven books as well as a writer-at-large for GQ, a contributing editor at Movieline, and a columnist for the New York Times and Forbes. He lives in Tarrytown, New York.
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