In this collection, Frank Muir guides the reader on a journey through five centuries of humorous prose in the English language. The extracts are embedded in a commentary that sets the writers in their historical context with items of contemporary gossip and anecdotal biography.
Frank Muir was a writer of humorous prose for over 40 years. As a broadcaster he appeared regularly on 'Call My Bluff' on television, and 'My Word' and 'My Music' on radio, and collaborated with Denis Norden for many years as a comedy scriptwriter. His books include compilations from the 'My Word' and 'Frank Muir goes into' radio series, children's books featuring the Afghan puppy What-a-Mess, and The Frank Muir Book: An Irreverent Companion to Social History (1976). He was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews 1977-9, and held honorary degrees from both the University of St Andrews and Kent. In 1980 he was awarded the CBE. He died in 1998.