Additional Book Information

Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781912559152
Pages: 180
Publication Date: November 5, 2019

From Notting Hill Editions

On DogsAn Anthology

Introduction by Tracey Ullman

$18.95

Hardcover

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Dogs throughout history have always enjoyed a special relationship to humankind, and our favorite four-legged creatures continue to grow in popularity. In an insightful introduction by Tracey Ullman, (an inveterate adopter of strays), she asks what induces us to bring into our homes the most psychologically damaged and mistreated dogs. Why do we forgive bad behavior in dogs that we would not tolerate in our fellow human beings?


The selection includes pieces from Vita Sackville-West on the special attraction of mongrels; an extract from Mark Twain’s short story "A Dog’s Tale"; Karen Blixen’s humorous tale of her deerhounds in Out of Africa; Roald Amundsen’s account of working with sled-dogs in the Polar regions; Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog; and an open letter from Brigitte Bardot against puppy farms.


Loyal, mischievous, intelligent and fierce, this witty and moving anthology shows the many characteristics of dogs in the eyes of their owners and admirers: Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Gaskell, P.G. Wodehouse, Plato, and dozens more.


Features black and white dog photographs by acclaimed photographer Rhian Ap Gruffydd.

Praise

The infectious joy of dogs figures large in On Dogs: An Anthology, introduced by the actor and comedian Tracey Ullman. Although she is a devoted dog-lover . . .the selections in the anthology are not all feel-good. Several are dark or poignant pieces on a dog’s death; others offer sour or sardonic comments on pet dogs. The collection is an eclectic mixture drawn from fiction, poems, anecdotes, and scientific or philosophical essays. . . . It is . . . an enjoyable collection in which many aspects of our complex relationship with dogs are touched on.
— David E. Cooper, The Times Literary Supplement

Introduced by Tracey Ullman, this elegant, pocketsize tribute to our most loyal friends is realised in excerpts from novels, poems and literary theory.
—Louise Darblay, Art Review

This heartwarming compendium includes short essays, stories, reflections and poetry from note-worthy writers ranging from Virginia Woolf and David Sedaris to Shakespeare and Brigitte Bardot. A linen-bound hardcover sized to fit perfectly in the hand, it’s ideal for gift-giving.
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