The literary offerings of the greatest essayists spanning centuries Jonathan Swift ‘meditates upon a broomstick’ and Mark Twain tells us ‘how to tell a story’. While Ralph Waldo Emerson indulges in the dilemma of giving that ‘perfect gift’, Francis Bacon ruminates on the expression of ‘truth’. Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, Arthur Schopenhauer and many more writers reveal their literary minds and finest writings on subjects as varied as love, sorrow, sleep, pets, friends, nature, childhood and anything and everything that portrays life. Magisterial in scope and authentic in style, this collection, spanning generations of wit, wisdom and literary fables, brings together the greatest essays by the British and American literary treasures. This book includes a fine selection of long and major essays along with shorter but enticing pieces that will entertain, move and challenge the readers.
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|10 October 2021
Ruskin Bond is known for his signature simplistic and witty writing style. He is the author of several bestselling short stories, novellas, collections, essays and children’s books; and has contributed a number of poems and articles to various magazines and anthologies. At the age of twenty-three, he won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, The Room on the Roof. He was also the recipient of the Padma Shri in 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Delhi Government in 2012, and the Padma Bhushan in 2014. Born in 1934, Ruskin Bond grew up in Jamnagar, Shimla, New Delhi and Dehradun. Apart from three years in the UK, he has spent all his life in India, and now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family