Literary Anecdotes: Over Five Centuries of Recollections, Essays and Quotes

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Who would write who had anything better to do? asked Lord Byron rhetorically, and in this amusing and informative anthology author Philip Gooden finds hundreds of illuminating anecdotes to reveal what writers got up to when they were not sitting at the typewriter or wielding quill pens. Over 250 stories of famous writers off-duty, from the sixteenth century to the present day, are featured. Among the forty wide-ranging sections, covering famous writers from the sixteenth century to the present day, are "Writers ...

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Who would write who had anything better to do? asked Lord Byron rhetorically, and in this amusing and informative anthology author Philip Gooden finds hundreds of illuminating anecdotes to reveal what writers got up to when they were not sitting at the typewriter or wielding quill pens. Over 250 stories of famous writers off-duty, from the sixteenth century to the present day, are featured. Among the forty wide-ranging sections, covering famous writers from the sixteenth century to the present day, are "Writers and Money," "Writers and Crime," "Writers and Sex," "Writers and Lost Typescripts," "Writers and Alcohol," "Writers and the Public," "Writers and Inspiration," and "Writers and Best Sellers."

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As Gooden (Death of Kings) notes, this work is not a reference book because the 250-plus selections were chosen for their entertainment value rather than their factual accuracy. The entries are arranged chronologically under alphabetical headings e.g., "Addiction," "Forgeries and Frauds," "Last Words," "Obsessions and Eccentricities," "Shakespeariana," and "Wars and Fights." The subjects, mostly British but in some cases Irish and American, all lived between the 16th and 20th centuries. Notes accompanying the entries and an index of writers provide background on the individuals discussed and the circumstances behind each selection. The anecdotes include Agatha Christie's disappearance after her first husband's infidelity, the publication of fraudulent Hitler diaries, and James Boswell's meeting with Samuel Johnson. Because the truth of the anecdotes included has not been verified, this work should be read primarily for amusement. Of some interest to public libraries. Denise J. Stankovics, Rockville P.L., Vernon, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786710034
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Mammoth Books
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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    I am having great fun with this wonderful book. It contains a wealth of recollections, essays, and quotes spanning five centuries. Read this book if you are curious to learn something you perhaps don't already know about some of our favorite literary giants!

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