The Ex-Classics project was founded in 2000 to fill an unmet need. When reading the blurb etc. to a book by Charles Dickens or Charlotte Bronte, say, we would often come across sentences like "Favourite reading included . . ." If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us. So off we go to the library or bookshop, to be met first with blank stares and then with the information that the book has been out of print for decades. Our first two books were Gil Blas and Hudibras, which are prime examples of this. This web site is dedicated to rescuing these works from obscurity and making them available online, both for reading directly, and for downloading.
Book of the
Month -- December 2021
Robert Greene (1558 – 1592) was an English dramatist, poet, pamphleteer, rake
and debauchee. He appears as a minor character in both of Anthony Burgess'
Elizabethan novels Nothing Like The Sun (about Shakespeare) and A
Dead Man In Deptford (about Marlowe) A graduate of Clare Hall,
". . . there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tiger's heart wrapped in a Player's hide, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blank verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Iohannes fac totum, is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country."
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