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Riddles, ancient and modern

Author: Mark Bryant
Publisher: New York : P. Bedrick Books : Distributed in the USA by Harper & Row, 1984, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In this unique book Mark Bryant has collected hundreds of the best riddles of all time, drawn from sources throughout the world. They range from simple jokes about fleas and worms enjoyed by earthy peasants to highly sophisticated puzzles composed by some of the greatest names in the world of letters, from Schiller, Swift and Cervantes to Edgar All Poe, Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. To introduce this anthology,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Riddles
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bryant
ISBN: 0911745491 9780911745498 0911745505 9780911745504
OCLC Number: 10533033
Notes: Spine title: Riddles.
Description: 204, [3] pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Ancient riddles : sacred and profane. The classical riddle --
Sanskrit and Norse enigmas --
The Judaeo-Christian tradition --
Modern beginnings. Symphosius and the Anglo-Latin school --
Riddlers of the Hebrew golden age --
Riddlers for everyman : the vernacular --
Apollonius of Tyre and the Incest riddle --
The Renaissance and beyond. The German enigma --
Riddling in England --
The Italian school --
The French connection --
Cervantes and riddling in Spain --
Revival and decline. Sturm und Drang ... and riddles --
Swift and the enigma in England --
Riddling magazines --
The Chapbook enigma --
Riddle ballads --
Further south : Italy in the eighteenth century --
The last laugh?. Riddle-rhymes of the nursery --
The new magazines --
Contemporary riddling in the Third World and elsewhere --
The end of the enigma? --
A worldwide riddle anthology --
Solutions to the riddles.
Other Titles: Riddles
Responsibility: Mark Bryant.

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"In this unique book Mark Bryant has collected hundreds of the best riddles of all time, drawn from sources throughout the world. They range from simple jokes about fleas and worms enjoyed by earthy peasants to highly sophisticated puzzles composed by some of the greatest names in the world of letters, from Schiller, Swift and Cervantes to Edgar All Poe, Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. To introduce this anthology, Mark Bryant traces the history of riddles from their origins in pre-classical antiquity to modern times."--Jacket.

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