Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - Literary Criticism - 168 pages
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Literary Miscellany is a breezy tour through the literature oftoday and yesterday, touching on many great classical literaryworks, movements, and trends. But don’t fear that it’s only forintellectuals—there’s plenty here for the contemporary pleasurereader as well. Alex Palmer offers something for everyone, includinganswers to the following questions:
  • What’s the original bestseller?
  • What authors introduced insults as a literary art form?
  • Who burned the first book?
  • Are writers more likely to be depressed than booksellers?
  • How does a book become a movie?
  • When did sex become part of literature?
Most people don’t know that the Bible gets credit for plenty oflines that were written by William Shakespeare or John Milton.In Literary Miscellany, learn how this happened. Also examine themore recent concept of “false memoirs,” with a list of who liedabout what. And speaking of villains, was the devil the first badguy in print? Did his appearance lead to the inevitable self-helpbook? Or was that Oprah?

This quirky work is filled with entertaining literary trivia fora unique perspective on writers’ lives and inspirations, from thedrinks they imbibed to the books they penned. Delightfully illustrated,it will entertain casual readers and literary buffs alike.
 

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Palmer has put together an interesting little volume loosely covering a history of literature. This is not an overly academic volume, it is much more "fun" reading. Typical format in a chapter ... Read full review

Contents

starving writers Pay the bills?
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is Coffee or opium better for Creativity?
19
why Are the best Autobiographies
28
why Couldnt F scott Fitzgerald
35
Are short story writers less Mature than novelists?
42
how do you write the great American
50
Can big book sales lead to Mass suicide?
58
why dont todays writers have as Many
67
robinson Crusoe teach
76
whos Afraid of Jane Austen?
83
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Alex Palmer has written for the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is also the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature. Find him at: www.alexpalmerwrites.com

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