The Art of Literature Author:Arthur Schopenhauer Schopenhauer -- the great pessimist who believed in the best and expected the worst from writers -- here applies his caustic wit to literature and the literary scene. His piercing analysis of style, critics, literary values, learning and genius makes in effect a handbook on writing -- illuminated by his own shining, powerful style.
Schopenhauer was and remains the only German philosopher (ever) who wrote readable prose. And one of the reasons that's true is because of his very individual combination of humor and dry wit, which shows through in each of these essays. Don't be frightened off by the German name. These are fascinating articles about all aspects of better-quality books and writing, in Germany and around the world. The only reason I'm listing it is because (by mistake) I have two copies.