Curiosities of Literature

Curiosities of Literature

Book - 2009
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When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? Which author's heart was purportedly eaten by a cat? 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 ? Who made the first bouillon soup? What do 12 percent of all winners of the Booker Prize have in common? What didn't happen on Thomas Carlyle's famous wedding night? 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 ). Other fascinating insights include the fact that the number one title among American Civil War soldiers was Les Miserables . This is the ideal anthology of fascinating information and trivia for all book lovers.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, c2009
Characteristics: xi, 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781602393714 (hbk.)
1602393710 (hbk.)
Call Number: 809 SUTHERLAND


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Jun 12, 2014

I enjoyed this although ratings elsewhere seem to put me in the minority. It's a gossipy, snide stew of facts about literature, writers, publishers, prizes, et al. If you consider yourself well-read (an impossibility in modern times, according to the author) in multiple genres, you will definitely find amusement somewhere in this book. Note however that it desperately needs better proofreading and feels as if the binding will disintegrate at any moment (and it was an unread copy when I got it).


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