Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara?: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World's Best-LovedBooks [NOOK Book]

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The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations

Before Who the Hell is Pansy O Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, ...
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Overview

The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations

Before Who the Hell is Pansy O Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, fascinating details involving fifty of the best-loved books of the Western world.
? When stacked up, the original manuscript of Gone With the Wind stood taller than Margaret Mitchell, its 4' 9 1/2" author
? Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was part of the Allied team that cracked the Nazi's Enigma code
? Leo Tolstoy's wife copied War and Peace by hand . . . seven times

From The Great Gatsby to Harper Lee, from Jaws to J. K . Rowling, Who the Hell Is Pansy O Hara? offers an entertaining and informative journey through the minds of writers and the life experiences that took these amazing works from notion to novel.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From Stephen King's childhood fascination with gruesome comics to the famous family name behind Peter Benchley, book-lovers and first time authors Bond and Sheedy light up some intriguing angles on many popular authors. Journalists in Australia, the authors deliver their 50 profiles with reportorial vigor, moving quickly through each profile while highlighting the salient and salacious details of, for example, the role played by Mary Shelley's literary legacy (daughter of two leading British writers) and her free-love husband (poet Percy Shelley) in the genesis of Frankenstein. Surprising words from the authors themselves adorn many profiles; said Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird, "I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers." Between the engaging information and the range of popular texts (Pride and Prejudice, The Origin of Species, The War of the Worlds, In Cold Blood, Lolita, Roots, The Cat in the Hat, The Da Vinci Code), this affectionate literary history should appeal to many readers.
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Library Journal

Freelance journalists Bond and Sheedy discuss the details and events that shaped the creation of 50 of the most beloved books of the Western world, including Gone with the Wind, Jaws, and War and Peace. They illustrate some magical ingredients behind these works, from passion for the craft of writing to struggles to achieve success. One tidbit regarding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain wrote 400 pages in less than a month and then set the book to rest for three years; it was a trip to Twain's boyhood hometown of Hannibal, MO, that inspired him to finish the novel. Readers will enjoy this informative journey through the minds of writers and the experiences that led the authors from ideas to novels that became amazing treasures in the literary world. Those interested in researching or learning the rich details behind literary classics will be especially rewarded. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries, this would be a great resource in literature collections.
—Susan McClellan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440639425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 674,475
  • File size: 593 KB

Meet the Author

Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy run the freelance journalism company The Hard Word. Their work has been published in The Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Telegraph, Virgin Blue Voyeur, Woman's Day, TV Week, FHM, and Cleo.

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Table of Contents

Fiction

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813 1

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 1818 9

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens, 1838 16

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, 1847 23

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847 31

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866 38

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1867-1869 44

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1885 52

The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells, 1897 58

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902 65

Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie, 1904 71

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925 76

Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne, 1926 82

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, 1929 87

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936 92

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1937 98

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 1939 104

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway, 1940 110

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949 118

The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger, 1951 125

From Here to Eternity, James Jones, 1951 131

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming, 1953 137

Lord of the Flies, William Golding, 1954 143

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955 148

The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss, 1957 155

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, 1957 160

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960 167

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John Le Carre, 1963 172

Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann, 1966 178

The Godfather, Mario Puzo, 1969 184

The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth, 1971 189

Game, Stephen King, 1974 195

Jaws, Peter Benchley, 1974 201

Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie, 1981 205

The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982 210

Hollywood Wives, Jackie Collins, 1983 215

Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, 1996 219

HarryPotter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling, 1997 225

True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey, 2000 231

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, 2003 237

Nonfiction

The English Dictionary, Samuel Johnson, 1755 247

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1768 253

The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859 258

Scouting for Boys, Robert Baden-Powell, 1908 266

Etiquette in Business, in Society, in Politics, and at Home, Emily Post, 1922 271

Guinness World Records, 1955 275

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1966 280

All the President's Men, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Roots, Alex Haley, 1976 292

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking, 1988 299

Further Reading 305

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    I had to read this for a school project; I was surprised by how

    I had to read this for a school project; I was surprised by how much I liked it.  It gave the backstory of the novels I had been reading in school.  In addition, it has made me want to read the books explained, that I haven't read yet, like Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, or Frankenstein.  Its a quick read, but very interesting!

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