Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia

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Gibbs Smith, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 112 pages
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Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia What fictional detective survived an attempted murder by his creator? (Sherlock Holmes) Who was the single mother, living on state benefits, whose wizardly series of novels has made her the richest writer in England? (J. K. Rowling) Which American poet composed and read a poem at John F. Kennedy's inauguration? (Robert Frost) Richard Lederer is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and has been profiled in The New Yorker, People and The National Enquirer. Lederer hosts A Way with Words on weekend public radio. He lives with his wife in San Diego. "Richard Lederer is the True King of Language Comedy." -Sidney Sheldon "If America had 'Living National Treasures, ' the way Japan and Korea do, Richard Lederer would be one." -Barbara Wallraff, author of Your Own Words
 

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Contents

IntroductLon
9
PenUltimate Names
36
Titles
44
Try These for Openers
80
Unreal Estate
87
Notable Quotable Poetry
97
Language Throws the Book at Us
104
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.

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