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The Literary Life and Other Curiosities Paperback – 28 Apr 1983

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (28 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140063188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140063189
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,304,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents a collection of unusual and entertaining facts and myths about write books, word origins, publishers, critics, grammar, and other aspects of the world of literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1997
Format: Paperback
A wonderful hodgepodge of facts, myths,
quotes, quips, quizzes, puzzles, and anecdotes, this book approaches the history of literature
and its many great (and non-great) contributors
with just the right mixture of sympathy and
irreverence. The book is hilarious and often
touching, but most impressively, it manages
to educate while being wholly undemanding
on the reader. It's a lovely bathroom book for
bibliophiles, and I sincerely recommend it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93d7ce94) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x93d457b4) out of 5 stars Utterly delightful 6 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful hodgepodge of facts, myths,
quotes, quips, quizzes, puzzles, and anecdotes, this book approaches the history of literature
and its many great (and non-great) contributors
with just the right mixture of sympathy and
irreverence. The book is hilarious and often
touching, but most impressively, it manages
to educate while being wholly undemanding
on the reader. It's a lovely bathroom book for
bibliophiles, and I sincerely recommend it
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x941dc5d0) out of 5 stars A Potpourri of Literary Trivia 10 Feb. 2008
By Classics Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book proves the old adage that, in order to write an entertaining book, you must work very hard. It is obvious that the author did a lot of very serious research.

For example, he checked over 2000 authors' biographies to see if it is in fact true that poets are "crazy" (they aren't, in general, but those few who *were* are rather interesting.) He collected numerous bad reviews of plays and books--not only the well-known put-downs by Dorothy Parker, but also witty reviews by a obscure critics (such as the one-word review of play called "WHAM!": "Ouch!") He explains the true literary origin of many famous sayings, giving the saying's original form and explaining how it changed over time. He corrects, when possible, the incorrect attribution of a witty quote (it was *not* Mark Twain who said that Wagner's music "isn't as bad as it sounds"). He adds a list of unlikely books banned in history history with exact times and dates; and so on.

There is much more, of course. Virtually every item in this list of curiousities is, indeed, witty and entertaining, at least to those interested in literature. A complete list of references would have been nice, but it is understandable that it is omitted, as it would have probably made the book twice as long. In sum, and enjoyable *and* educational read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x941ea90c) out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 3 May 2000
By Laura Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Definetly one of my favorite books of this kind. The anecdotes are written in an entertaining, breezy style. It is packed with informaiton. Every time I open it, I find something new. It's the kind of book you can return to frequently because it has so much content, you can't remember it all. When you go back, it's fresh again. With an index, it is also a valuable reference book. Recommended.
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HASH(0x94204e58) out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Feb. 2015
By crepemyrtle - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a quick way to get a laugh. Every page is full of wit.
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