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Literary Rogues

A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors
Shaffer, Andrew (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Literary Rogues


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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 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.
Authors: Shaffer, Andrew
Title: Literary rogues
a scandalous history of wayward authors
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xvi, 297 p. ;,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?
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0062077287
9780062077288
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  • mrmervis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun read about the troubles of authors.

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