Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes

Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes

by Bill Peschel
     
 

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Truth is stranger than fiction.

If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. Writers Gone Wild rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.

Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, Writers Gone Wild reveals such fascinating stories as:

• The night

Overview

Truth is stranger than fiction.

If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. Writers Gone Wild rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.

Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, Writers Gone Wild reveals such fascinating stories as:

• The night Dashiell Hammett hired a Chinese prostitute to break up S. J. Perelman's marriage (and ran off with his wife).

• Why Sylvia Plath bit Ted Hughes on the cheek.

• Why Ernest Hemingway fought a book critic, a modernist poet, and his war correspondent/wife Martha Gellhorn (but not at the same time).

• The near-fatal trip Katherine Anne Porter took while high on marijuana in Mexico.

• Why women's breasts sent Percy Bysshe Shelley screaming from the room.

• The day Virginia Woolf snuck onto a Royal Navy ship disguised as an Abyssinian prince.

Pull up a chair, turn on good reading light, and discover what your favorite writers were up to while away from their desks. Sometimes, they make the wildest characters of all.

Editorial Reviews

Habitual readers of Romantic poets know that Percy Bysshe Shelley mentioned breasts in several admiring contexts, but most readers are unaware that this ardent observer actually fled rooms where cleavage reigned supreme. Nor do most Virginia Woolf enthusiast know that the Bloomsbury novelist once participated in an elaborate hoax of the Royal Navy in which she received a shipboard tour dressed as a male Abyssinian potentate. These and other instances of writers gone wild come to life in this properly rowdy new book by bibliophile Peschel. Editor's recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399536182
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Peschel is a lifelong reader whose five thousand-book library keeps his home in Hershey, Pennsylvania, firmly anchored to the earth. When not collecting weird and wild stories, he edits news articles and designs pages at the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

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