Literary Rogues

Literary Rogues

A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

Book - 2013
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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 enterntaining 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 bestslller 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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062077288
Branch Call Number: 809 SHA
809 Sh13l
Characteristics: xvi, 297 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 23, 2018

For the sort of book that it is, its quite enjoyable and humorous. The chapters are relatively short (about 10 pages) often covering two or three writers. There are numerous anecdotes and, if one reads carefully, lessons as well. There is a strong American slant to the selection of authors. Who would have thought that writing, especially poetry, could be so dangerous to one's mental health? Extensive notes, brief bibliography, and an index.

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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