Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Humor - 304 pages
Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? When did cigarettes first appear 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 exploration 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 a treasure trove of fascinating information for all book lovers.
 

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I am sorry to say that entry on George Moore and Peal Cragie is entirely false. He did not spend years writing novels about her (she appears as only one facet of "Mildred Lawson," a short story), they did not actually have a sexual relationship, and many people continue to read George Moore as the evidence of five academic books about him in as many years and the ongoing vitality of an international conference devoted to his work would indicate.
I hope the rest of this book is not so sloppy.
 

Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
21
CHAPTER 3
47
CHAPTER 4
61
CHAPTER 5
79
CHAPTER 6
91
CHAPTER 7
123
CHAPTER 8
145
CHAPTER 10
181
CHAPTER 11
195
CHAPTER 12
223
CHAPTER 13
235
CURIOUS CONNECTIONS QUIZ
261
INDEX
275
THE END OF THE BOOK
288
Copyright

CHAPTER 9
159

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John Sutherland was born on October 9, 1938. After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1964, he began his academic career as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh. He specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing. He is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College, London and is currently teaching at the California Institute of Technology. He writes for The Guardian and is a well-known literary reviewer. He is the author of more than 20 books including Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography, How to Read a Novel: A User's Guide, The Boy Who Loved Books, Curiosities of Literature, 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know, Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, and Magic Moments: Life-Changing Encounters with Books, Film, Music. He is also the co-author, with Stephen Fender, of Love, Sex, Death and Words: Tales from a Year in Literature.

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