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The 'Shaggy Dog' Story.
The 'Shaggy Dog' Story.
The 'Shaggy Dog' Story.
PARTRIDGE, Eric.

The 'Shaggy Dog' Story. ...

Its Origin, Development and Nature (with a few seemly examples). Illustrated by V. H. Drummond.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Faber and Faber Limited, 1953

Stock Code: 84947

£250
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Notes

Presentation copy of the first edition, first impression, of this humorous investigation into the phenomenon of the "Shaggy Dog" story, defined by its mischievous unexpectedness, and traced from its Ancient Greek origins ("A pert youth, meeting an old woman, driving a herd, called, 'Good morning, mother of asses!', she replied 'Good morning, my son!'"), through numerous humorous modern examples and adroit analyses typical of the jocular, polymathic Partridge, who finds that the mischievous spirit of the "Shaggy Dog" story, "obviously arises from the pleasanter sorts of mischief inherent in all those human beings who take neither others nor themselves too seriously, too solemnly, too pompously." This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Dear Robert, In the hope that it doesn't send you up the wall. Gratefully, Eric, 19.11.1953", and bears a few manuscript corrections to the text.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the illustrated dust jacket.

Illustrations

Line drawings by Drummond in the text.

Condition

Spine slightly rolled, ends and corners very lightly rubbed, internally fresh; an excellent copy in the lightly tanned and rubbed jacket.

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