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The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes
The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes is an illuminating study of the out-of-hours literary activities of giants such as Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy, Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Trollope and William Shakespeare, and it includes a huge variety of material – dramatic, poignant, romantic, erotic and frequently amusing.
Among over 300 entries ranging from the 16th century to the present day: the true story behind Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance as uncovered by Jared Cade; and a real-life mystery solved by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the first meeting of James Boswell and Dr Johnson; the very different meeting of Anais Nin and Tropic of Cancer author Henry miller; an account of how Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson escaped the gallows after killing a man in a duel; and how Mark Twain tricked his way out of fighting one at all.
In this simply unmissable anthology, Philip Gooden relates hundreds of anecdotes and quotes that tell us a few of the things writers have found more attractive than slaving away over their typewriters or quill pens. As Anthony Burgess said, “Given the choice between two discoveries – that of an unknown play by Shakespeare and that of one of Will’s laundry lists – we would all plump for the dirty washing every time.”
Other books by Jared Cade
Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days
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