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Curiosities of literature

Author: John Sutherland; Martin Rowson
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? What do 12% of all winners of the Booker prize have in common? When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? And, while we're at it, who wrote the first Western, and is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sutherland; Martin Rowson
ISBN: 9781602393714 1602393710
OCLC Number: 319063090
Notes: "A Herman Graf book."
Description: xi, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Literary baked meats --
Body of literature: heads, lungs, hearts, and bowels --
Tools of the trade --
Sex and the Victorians --
Better than sex, some say --
Some curious literary records: best, worst, and most --
Literary crimewatch --
Who? Who? Who? --
Name games --
Readers distinguished and less so --
Mammon and the book trade --
Wheels --
Morbid curiosity --
Curious connections: a terminal quiz.
Responsibility: John Sutherland ; with illustrations by Martin Rowson.

Abstract:

One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? What do 12% of all winners of the Booker prize have in common? When did cigarettes start making an appearance 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 masterpiece 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 the ideal anthology of useless information for all book lovers.--Publisher description.

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