Curiosities of Literature

Curiosities of Literature

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One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? What do 12% of all winners of the Booker prize have in common? When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? And, while we're at it, who wrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius? Sutherland's irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable, from author advances to civil war literature to Victorian sex to odd-things-eaten-by-literary characters (think Patrick Bateman's girlfriend in American Psycho). This is the ideal anthology of useless information for all book lovers.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, c2009.
ISBN: 9781602393714
1602393710
Branch Call Number: 809 SUTHERLAND
PN43 .S78 2009
809
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rowson, Martin

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Jun 12, 2014

I enjoyed this although ratings elsewhere seem to put me in the minority. It's a gossipy, snide stew of facts about literature, writers, publishers, prizes, et al. If you consider yourself well-read (an impossibility in modern times, according to the author) in multiple genres, you will definitely find amusement somewhere in this book. Note however that it desperately needs better proofreading and feels as if the binding will disintegrate at any moment (and it was an unread copy when I got it).

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