This is an unusual type of anthology and may thereby find its special, rather precious place. It is a collection of the literature inspired by worldly experience, by the comic sense of life, from the civilized point of view (I quote); it is a collection of urbanity, irony, elegance, sophistication, wit. There's a great deal about sex -- but not viewed as a commodity. There's omission of the purely contemporary, the foppish, the ultra-genteel. A list of the contributors shows a catholic taste, and no prejudice towards period, origin, or ""previous degree of servitude"" -- and includes such varied names as Pestronius, Beerbohm, Voltaire, Congreve, De Maupassant, Sainte-Beuve, Virginia Woolf, Henry Adams, Erasmus, Montaigne, Gibbon, La Rochefoucauld.