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This indubitably browse-worthy reference promises "auspicious births and untimely deaths; bad reviews and bestsellers; romances and betrayals; hoaxes and scandals; and other true tales from the lives and works of writers"—and it delivers. For example, the daily entries for November begins with the shattering 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami, an All-Saints Day catastrophe that shook the confidence of both Immanuel Kant and Voltaire. (November 1st, it notes, was also the death day of emphatic eccentrics Alfred Jarry and Ezra Pound.) With this engaging read, you can expand your personal universe. Editor's recommendation.