Shakespeare Wrote for Money

( 1 )

Overview

With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books — highbrow and otherwise — are always accessible and hilarious.

...
See more details below
Paperback
$11.29
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$14.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $5.78   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they actually exist in people's lives. Hornby is a voracious and unapologetic reader, and his notes on books — highbrow and otherwise — are always accessible and hilarious.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934781296
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 960,715
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Hornby
Journalist and bestselling novelist Nick Hornby is best known for his portraits of dysfunctional Peter Pans -- clueless postmodern males in various stages of arrested development who discover, often to their chagrin, that growing up is a process involving far more than the passage of time.

Biography

Journalist and bestselling novelist Nick Hornby is best known for his portraits of dysfunctional Peter Pans -- clueless postmodern males in various stages of arrested development who discover, often to their chagrin, that growing up is a process involving far more than the passage of time. Dubbed the "maestro of the male confessional" by The New Yorker, Hornby is credited as the founder of the "lad lit " genre -- a peculiar honor, since he also seems to be its only truly successful practitioner!

However, to dismiss Hornby's writing as the testosterone-laced equivalent of "chick lit" is to seriously underestimate his talent. The New York Times Book Review put it this way: "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance." (As further proof of his standing in the literary community, a group of distinguished colleagues -- including Germaine Greer, Zadie Smith, and Doris Lessing -- honored Hornby with the 2003 London Award.)

After graduating from Cambridge, Hornby worked a succession of jobs (he taught school, gave language classes, and served as a host for Samsung executives visiting the U.K.) before becoming a journalist. He wrote a series of pop culture columns for the Independent and wrote about music, books, and sports for Esquire, The Sunday Times, Elle, and the Times Literary Supplement. Then, in 1992, Hornby published a hilarious sports memoir about his maniacal obsession with Britain's Arsenal Football Club. A huge bestseller, Fever Pitch won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and helped to give soccer a cachet far beyond its formerly "blokey" appeal. His debut novel, High Fidelity, appeared in 1995. Teeming with hip music and pop culture references, this story of a thirty-something record store owner lamenting his failed romantic relationships struck a responsive chord with readers on both sides of the Pond, paving the way for his bestselling 1998 follow-up, About a Boy.

Critical praise and literary honors have followed Hornby throughout his career: His 2001 novel How to Be Good won the WH Smith Fiction Award and was nominated for a Booker Prize; A Long Way Down (2005) was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He is the author of a bestselling novel for young adults (Slam), and his nonfiction essays have been collected into several anthologies, including The Polysyllabic Spree, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, and Songbook (published in the UK as 31 Songs). He also serves as a pop music critic for The New Yorker.

Good To Know

Hollywood loves Hornby!
  • High Fidelity was filmed in 2000 with John Cusack.
  • Hugh Grant starred in the 2002 film About a Boy.
  • Fever Pitch was filmed twice: The 1997 British version starred Colin Firth. In 2005, an Americanized remake (substituting the Boston Red Sox for the Arsenal Football Club ) was released starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore.

    Hornby has admitted that when he first began writing, voice was a problem. "Everything changed for me when I read Anne Tyler, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, and Lorrie Moore, all in about '86-'87," he has said. " ... voice, tone, simplicity, humour, soul ... all of these things seemed to be missing from the contemporary English fiction I'd looked at, and I knew then what I wanted to do."

    Hornby is the father of an autistic son, Danny. He is also a co-founder of TreeHouse, an English charity school for autistic children. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Speaking with the Angel, an anthology of stories he edited in 2002, was donated to TreeHouse.

    Writer Zadie Smith has credited Hornby for "reintrocuding the English novel to its long-lost domestic roots."

    Music is still paramount in Hornby's life. He has a longstanding relationship with the American rock group Marah and has collaborated with them in music/spoken word performances on several occasions.

    Hornby writes a monthly column, "Stuff I've Been Reading," for The Believer , a literary magazine published by Dave Eggers's McSweeney's publishing house.

  • Read More Show Less
      1. Date of Birth:
        April 17, 1957
      2. Place of Birth:
        Redhill, Surrey, England
      1. Education:
        Jesus College, Cambridge University

    Table of Contents


    Introduction Sarah Vowell Vowell, Sarah 11 August 2006: The challenges of reading during a World Cup month; knowing too much about the author whose work you're reading; the intricacies and danger of self-deprecation 11 September 2006: How ants find their way home; the global prominence of the World Cup and the accompanying American apathy 25 October 2006: Talking seriously about bad books; hostile takeover by cockroaches; melting permafrost; post-91/11 paranoia 31 April 2007: Thomas Hardy's pallbearers; literature's obstruction by sex; quality over quantity; Robert Altman's casting choices; anthropomorphization 39 May 2007: Musical preferences of iPods; recommendations from Stephen Frears; fat wives of tobacconists; Orwell on Dickens 47 June/July 2007: Novelist as omniscient narrator; what powers the great machines of the world; good wine and Sartre; American vernacular in the mouth of an Englishman 55 August 2007: The Stasi vs. the Band; Tony Blair as a less servile Jeeves; novels that have you scurrying to the computer to look at prostitutes on the Internet 63 September 2007: Preparing for the apocalypse; the third greatest children's book of the last seventy years; blank-verse werewolf novels 71 October 2007: Coming across a chocolate fountain in the middle of the desert; John Waters-style camp; books for adults that aren't boring 79 November/December 2007: The reading month as a cake; fat readers; unreadable Marxist pamphlets; all that Old-Left aggression; The Most Inhospitable Country on Earth Cup 85 January 2008: Joel Osteen's perfect teeth; feckless American men; Tom Perrotta as Nick Hornby; reading out of fear of ignorance 93 February2008: An amazing feat of recollection; the Weather Underground; lordship over knighthood; more Dylan 101 March/April 2008: Why parents rarely go to the movies; sepia book jackets; Margaret Thatcher's repulsive jingoism; Heath Ledger and Charlotte Gainsbourg making love 109 May 2008: Thinking about not reading; a genome as long as the Danube; crossing the Atlantic on a raft vs. staying home to watch TV 117 September 2008: The film version of Dr. Dolittle; books about film; the love-child of Garrison Keillor and Shirley Jones; you, dear reader 125
    Read More Show Less

    Customer Reviews

    Average Rating 4
    ( 1 )
    Rating Distribution

    5 Star

    (0)

    4 Star

    (1)

    3 Star

    (0)

    2 Star

    (0)

    1 Star

    (0)

    Your Rating:

    Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

    Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

    Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

    Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

    We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

    What to exclude from your review:

    Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

    Reviews should not contain any of the following:

    • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
    • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
    • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
    • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
    • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
    • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
    • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

    Reminder:

    • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
    • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
    • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
    Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

    Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

    Create a Pen Name

    Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

     
    Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

    Continue Anonymously
    Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
    • Posted November 11, 2009

      more from this reviewer

      Nooks and Crannies in the Folds of a Brilliant, Wandering Mind

      Nick Hornby, the rare triple threat (author of touching, truthful fiction and thought provoking criticism, as well as a literate film writer). Has collected his final THE BELIEVER columns into a wonderful and diverse group of essays that have to do as much with his own state of mind, current interests, family concerns, fantasies, and rambles, as with the subjects at hand ("Books Bought" and "Books Read"). Always leading to diverse subjects to further explore, whether Dickens and soccer, Shakespeare and Bob Dylan, or anything at all written in English. Of particular interest to me was the writing on young-adult novels, Thomas Hardy, and Pictures at a Revolution, a book on films that I had just finished before reading Hornby's impressions. Do not be put off by the cartoonish cover--Hornby is fun, yes, but he does spark a literary fire. Brilliant AND fun--a grand combination!

      Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
    Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)