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The Seven Deadly Sins by Angus Wilson

The Seven Deadly Sins

by Angus Wilson, W.H. Auden, Cyril Connolly, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Edith Sitwell2 more, Christopher Hugh Sykes, Evelyn Waugh

Other authors: Ian Fleming (Foreword), Raymond Mortimer (Introduction)

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Apparently, it was Ian Fleming's idea to ask 7 noted British authors to write essays on the 7 deadly sins: one sin per author. Although he suggested each author/sin pair, except for W.H. Auden on Anger (he preferred Malcolm Muggeridge), Fleming left it to others to carry out his plan, deciding to focus his attention on James Bond, who embodies at least 6 of the 7, sloth not being conspicuous in the makeup of the superspy. Nearly all the authors seem to think that in order to do a good job with their assigned subject, they must first diminish its damnability, with at least one (Sitwell on Pride) making a case for promoting the vice to a virtue. The exception is Cyril Connelly, whose little tale of Covetousness entertains while it instructs: surely the expectation for all the contributors. ( )
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Wilson, Angusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auden, W.H.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Connolly, Cyrilmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fermor, Patrick Leighmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sitwell, Edithmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sykes, Christopher Hughmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Waugh, Evelynmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleming, IanForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mortimer, RaymondIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Botton, AlainIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This sparkling curiosity was inspired by Ian Fleming, who in 1962 had the intriguing idea of asking eminent British writers to comment on the deadly sins for the London Sunday Times. The result is a colletive display of wit, erudition, and common sense, as each author essays his or her assigned vice.
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Thirty years ago, Ian Fleming had the brilliant idea of asking some of the greatest writers of our century to comment on their favorite deadly sin. The result: a brilliant, witty, and incisive book that includes everything from Evelyn Waugh's commentary on sloth to W.H. Auden venting his love of anger. Illustrated.

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