Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History's Greatest Wordsmiths

Dr. Mardy Grothe Paperback, 257 pages; 2015 (2003)
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A good pun is like a good steak - a rare medium well done. - Richard Lederer

Mardy Grothe coined the word oxymoronica to cover the entire field of paradoxical, incongruous, and self-contradictory expression. And what a wonderful field it is, as illustrated by more than 1,400 quotes from authors as diverse as Samuel Johnson and Erica Jong, Franz Kafka and George S. Kaufman, W. Somerset Maugham and Groucho Marx. Oxymoronica is plenty of fun to read: straight through; "pick-a-page" style; or by alighting for a while in any one of its entertaining chapter groupings. (Bas Bleu readers may particularly like "Artistic Oxymoronica," "The Human Condition," or "Oxymoronic Insights from World Literature.") Oxymoronica is a great reference volume for writers and speakers, too - like a mini-Bartlett's with a point of view...or, rather, two points of view! (CE)

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