About the Author: The Passionate Reader's Guide to the Authors You Love, Including Things You Never Knew, Juicy Bits You'll Want to Know, and Hundreds of Ideas for What to Read Next

About the Author: The Passionate Reader's Guide to the Authors You Love, Including Things You Never Knew, Juicy Bits You'll Want to Know, and Hundreds of Ideas for What to Read Next

by Alfred Glossbrenner, Emily Glossbrenner
     
 

A trivia guide for passionate readers, About the Author offers insider information on America's favorite writers, from Margery Allingham to Evelyn Waugh, from Michael Crichton to Charles Dickens. It gives background on the lives of the writers, what they did before becoming writers, facts about their fans, quirky tidbits, and recommendations for what to read next.

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A trivia guide for passionate readers, About the Author offers insider information on America's favorite writers, from Margery Allingham to Evelyn Waugh, from Michael Crichton to Charles Dickens. It gives background on the lives of the writers, what they did before becoming writers, facts about their fans, quirky tidbits, and recommendations for what to read next. Chosen for their popularity, their staying power, and the intensity of their following, this amazing range of writers will appeal to all types of readers. Find out what movies and television shows were adapted from their novels, how they decided to become writers, what the Nobel Prize for literature did for some, and what being an Oprah selection did for others. In addition, About the Author includes lists galore: from Pulitzers to fan clubs, from bestseller lists to book conventions, from reading groups to CD-ROMs. About the Author offers an engaging feast of information that any book lover will find hard to put down. Hailed as "The Great Communicator" by the New York Times, Alfred Glossbrenner is a freelance writer and author of some forty books on personal computers and other topics. Emily Glossbrenner has written numerous books and has just completed Search Engines for the World Wide Web. The authors live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Cader Books has created and produced more than 170 books. Among Cader bestsellers are Brush Up Your Shakespeare! and The Book of Questions: Love and Sex. A Michael Cader Book

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
The Glossbrenners may be the royal couple of advice on how to use the Internet for personal advantage; titles they've authored in the past include Making More Money on the Internet and Finding a Job on the Internet. Although this title is about authors and books, the Internet plays a large part in the proffered information. People who like books and everything about books could read this book, divided into two sections, from cover to cover with great satisfaction. The first part is appropriately named "The Authors" and dispenses information on 125 authors from Margery Allingham to Richard Wright. Most are current American authors. (The Glossbrenners describe their selection process in an introduction.) Each author is given two pages of text, beginning with a succinct and well-written critical comment and divided into sections. The sections, "Good to Know," and "Treatises and Treats," are followed by a list of books with publication dates. A short "If You Like..." section recommends other authors (i.e., if you like Richard Ford, try reading Tobias Wolff). If you are interested in P. D. James you will find out that her favorite author is Jane Austen; she was an administrator in London's police departments and has been a peer of the realm since 1991. The best place in the U.S. to buy the film adaptations of her detective stories is from BRIT in Kansas (Web address included). Sidebars on either page offer even more information and recommendations. Web site addresses are included for each author. The second section of the book includes a list of prize-winning books in every genre, best and banned book lists, reading book club recommendations, audio book dealers, bestseller Web sites fromleading newspapers, Web sites of literary criticism, publishers' addresses, and a grand list of annual literary events in the United States. Librarians could use two copies; one for the reference shelf and one for the library office. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Harcourt, 309p, 24cm, 99-086206, $16.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Penelope Power; Libn., Garrison Forest Sch., Garrison, MD, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
Library Journal
Most of the 120 entries in this biobibliography treat 20th-century authors selected for their popularity, staying power, and number of followers, though some earlier authors (e.g., Austen, Conrad, Tolstoy) frequently read as high school assignments are also included. Each two-page entry includes a photo and a brief biography, bibliographies listing biographical material, relevant references and guides, web sites devoted to the author, pseudonyms, and a reading list of the author's best reads. Most entries include an "If You Like " list recommending authors who write in a similar style or genre. Stephen King's entry is the only disappointment, as it did not include the Bachman pseudonym or a list of similar writers. The "What Else To Read" and "Readers Resources" sections at the back of the book include bibliographies of book awards, genres, lists of "best" books from about 20 sources (e.g,. Nobel prize winners, Booker prize winners, etc.), Oprah's Book Club selections, and a miscellany of information on reading groups, audiobooks, book reviews, and special events in the book world. Many of the Glossbrenners' previous publications have focused on computers and the world wide web. The inclusion of URLs as resources reflects this expertise. All the information provided here is available in less abbreviated form in Contemporary Authors, but this book is handy to use and reasonably priced. Recommended for all public libraries.--Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ., Zanesville Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
School Library Journal
YA-The Glossbrenners include quite a few enticing bits of personal or professional facts on the two pages allotted to each of 125 popular authors, mainly from this country and Great Britain. A small black-and-white photograph appears with most entries. A brief biographical sketch appears on the same page as a suggested list of literary criticism. The second page contains such information as where to send fan mail, related Internet sites, a listing of the author's works, and suggestions of writers who have a similar style. Two quotes are included, one from the author and one from another source. The book includes lots of lists and information about book clubs, conventions, special events, and publishers. It offers just the right amount of facts for quick reference or to use as a starting point for more intense investigation.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156013024
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/22/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.51(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.85(d)

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