Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles

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Frances Lincoln, Sep 23, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 238 pages
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Based on the author's long-running column in London's Sunday Telegraph, this diverting book offers literary history in bite sizes, presenting surprising details on each of 50 classic work's genesis and composition. Emphasizing books that are literally inexplicable without this background knowledge, the book covers iconic works from Thomas Moore's Utopia to Joyce's Ulysses. Along the way readers learn what Wordsworth's Prelude was a prelude to, the identity of the original Jeeves, why A Clockwork Orange wasn't A Robotic Banana, and much more.

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Easy to get through, mainly because I blew by the literary areas that hold little interest for me such as poetry and plays but the explanations of the titles for the books I am familiar with were fun ... Read full review

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Excellent bedside book! Read full review

About the author (2008)

Gary Dexter is the writer of a long-running column for the Sunday Telegraph.

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