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Literary rogues : a scandalous history of wayward authors

Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Rock stars, rappers, and actors haven't always had a monopoly on misbehaving. There was a time when authors fought with both words and fists, a time when poets were the ones living fast and dying young. This witty, insightful and wildly entertaining narrative profiles the literary greats who wrote generation-defining classics such as The Great Gatsby and On the Road while living and loving like hedonistic rock  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Humor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Shaffer
ISBN: 9780062077288 0062077287
OCLC Number: 795757974
Description: xvi, 297 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The vice lord : Sade --
The opium addict : Coleridge --
The pope of dope : De Quincey --
The apostle of affliction : Byron --
The romantics : the Shelleys --
American Gothic : Poe --
The Realists : Balzac, Flaubert, and Sand --
The fleshly school : Baudelaire --
The French decadents : Rimbaud and Verlaine --
The English decadents : Wilde and Dowson --
The lost generation : the Fitzgeralds --
Flapper verse : Parker and Millay --
Bullfighting and bullshit : Hemingway --
The Southern gentleman : Faulkner --
Deaths and entrances : Thomas --
The beat generation : Kerouac and Ginsberg --
Junky : Burroughs --
Dead poets society : Berryman and Sexton --
The merry pranksters : Kesey --
The new journalists : Mailer and Capote --
Freak power : Thompson --
The workshop : Cheever and Carver --
The toxic twins : McInerney and Ellis --
Prozac nation : Wurtzel --
The bad boy of American letters : Frey --
Postscript : where have all the cowboys gone?
Responsibility: Andrew Shaffer.

Abstract:

Rock stars, rappers, and actors haven't always had a monopoly on misbehaving. There was a time when authors fought with both words and fists, a time when poets were the ones living fast and dying young. This witty, insightful and wildly entertaining narrative profiles the literary greats who wrote generation-defining classics such as The Great Gatsby and On the Road while living and loving like hedonistic rock icons, who were as likely to go on epic benders as they were to hit the bestseller lists. Literary Rogues turns back the clock to consider these historical (and, in some cases, living) legends, including Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bret Easton Ellis. Brimmming with fascinating research, Literary Rogues is part nostalgia, part literary analysis, and a wholly raucous celebration of brilliant writers and their occasionally troubled legacies - Publisher's description.

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