Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers
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.
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