Literary Rogues

Literary Rogues

A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

eBook - 2013
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Andrew Shaffer's Literary Rogues is an unflinching look at the bad behavior of some of our most beloved authors, from Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Hunter S. Thompson and Bret Easton Ellis.

Literary Rogues is a wildly funny and illuminating history and analysis of the bad boys and girls of lit, from the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love

Part nostalgia, part serious history of Western literary movements, Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors is a raucous celebration of oft-vilified writers and their work, brimming with interviews, research, and personality.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2013
ISBN: 9780062077295
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 09, 2016

The title and subtitle pretty much sum it up. This is an entertaining, if shallow, look at the bad boys and girls of literature, from the Marquise de Sade to, um, James Frey. Along the way, we get the Romantics, Poe, the Decadents, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, the Beats, Hunter Thompson and more. It's easy to glamorize many of these writers and harder to grasp that there's nothing terribly romantic about alcoholism, addiction, depression, and suicide. And James Frey, the author of the sham memoir "A Million Little PIeces," may be an ass, but he hardly belongs in the company of Burroughs and Dylan Thomas. "The Trip to Echo Springs" takes a deeper, more insightful look at greater writer's drinking problems. Still, this would make a great gift for the lit major in your life. PS-The lack of inclusion of any classic crime writers (Hammett, Chandler) feels like a gross oversight.

Aug 03, 2014

Could not put this down - well-written & hilarious.

mrmervis Jul 09, 2013

A fun read about the troubles of authors.


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