Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara?: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World's Best-LovedBooks

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Penguin, Jul 29, 2008 - Reference - 336 pages
The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations

Before Who the Hell is Pansy O?Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, fascinating details involving fifty of the best-loved books of the Western world.
? When stacked up, the original manuscript of Gone With the Wind stood taller than Margaret Mitchell, its 4' 9 1/2" author
? Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was part of the Allied team that cracked the Nazi?s Enigma code
? Leo Tolstoy?s wife copied War and Peace by hand . . . seven times

From The Great Gatsby to Harper Lee, from Jaws to J. K . Rowling, Who the Hell Is Pansy O?Hara? offers an entertaining and informative journey through the minds of writers and the life experiences that took these amazing works from notion to novel.
 

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User Review  - 06nwingert - LibraryThing

This is a book about books.Jenny Bond describes the history of each author and contextualizes each book. It gave me a new perspective on some classics. Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

All those juicy bits of literary lore that you didn't know, but only if you have been hiding in a cave for the last 100 years or are quite young. I suppose if one is new to the world of literary trivia, this book might be interesting. Figured keep it around for my middle school book lover. Read full review

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Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy run the freelance journalism company The Hard Word. Their work has been published in "The Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Telegraph, Virgin Blue Voyeur, Womanas Day, TV Week, FHM," and "Cleo,

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