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Under the Covers and Between the Sheets: The Inside Story Behind Classic Characters, Authors, Unforgettable Phrases, and Unexpected Endings

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Overview

Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting—and often scandalous—facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle- earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, you'll sections such as:
You Don't Say?: Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction—sometimes with very different meanings. Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the...

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Overview

Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting—and often scandalous—facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle- earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, you'll sections such as:
You Don't Say?: Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction—sometimes with very different meanings. Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the world's most cherished fairy tales—"Snow White," "The Little Mermaid," "Cinderella," and more. Parental Guidance Suggested: Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them. Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My!): The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures." Time to Make the Doughnuts: Odd jobs of famous authors. Tell Me a Story: Dahl's short stories, Seuss's political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children's authors. The Long Con: Shocking (and sometimes shockingly long-lived) literary hoaxes: Frey, JT Leroy, The Education of Little Tree, The Day After Roswell, etc. Science Fiction, Science Fact: If alien monoliths are ever found on the moon, the safer bet is that they would be translucent crystal; Sir Arthur C. Clarke is celebrated for making accurate predictions of various technologies, years ahead of their time. A look at which of his predictions held true and the same feats of other authors. Yes, But is it Art?: The weirdest books ever written: books without verbs, without punctuation...or without the letter "e".
Make this and all of the Blackboard Books(tm) a permanent fixture on your shelf, and you'll have instant access to a breadth of knowledge. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.

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"A lot of fun and could be useful conversation fodder for holiday parties. You can scandalize (Danielle Steel has been married five times, twice to felons), amuse (Kerouac wrote "On the Road" on one 119-foot scroll of paper, and a friend's cocker spaniel ate the last few lines) and impress (Dostoyevsky's second wife, Anna, kept a private, encrypted diary, the code to which wasn't cracked until long after her death)." -Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A fun read." -Not Born Yesterday (Blog)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594429043
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Alan Joyce is the Editorial Director for World Almanac Books, serving as chief editor for the #1 bestselling The World Almanac and Book of Facts. He created the new World Almanac blog in 2006, and continues to oversee its daily publishing schedule. Alan was previously a freelance writer and editor, with years of experience in reference publishing-and a lifelong addiction to reference books of all kinds. He is the former Executive Editor of The New York Times Almanac and The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge. Sarah Janssen is an editor of The World Almanac and Book of Facts and other diverse titles, focusing primarily on arts and media, consumer information, geography, history, and sports. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    I would recommend this book to all book lovers. It's filled to t

    I would recommend this book to all book lovers. It's filled to the brim with some really cool and fascinating facts about famous authors and their works. :)

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