Curiosities of Literature

Curiosities of Literature A Witty And Eclectic Tour Of Some Of The Arcane Byways Of Literature Illustrated ThroughoutHow Much Heavier Was Thackeray S Brain Than Walt Whitman S Which Novels Do American Soldiers Read When Did Cigarettes Start Making An Appearance In English Literature In Curiosities Of Literature, John Sutherland Contemplates The Full Import Of Questions Such As These, And Attempts A Few Answers In A Series Of Essays That Are Both Witty And Eclectic An Account Of The Fast Working Mickey Spillane, For Example, Leads To A Consideration Of The Substances, Both Legal And Illegal, That Authors Have Employed To Boost Their Creative Energies An Essay On Good And Bad Handwriting Points Out In Passing That Thackeray Could Write The Lord S Prayer On The Back Of A Stamp As For Mary Shelley, A Brief Recital Of The Circumstances In Which She Wrote Frankenstein Stops Off To Consider What Impact The Miserable Summer Weather Of Had On The Future Path Of English LiteratureIt S Debatable, Of Course, Whether Knowledge Of These Arcane Topics Adds To The Wisdom Of Nations It Does Highlight The Random Pleasures In Reading Literature And Reading About It As John Sutherland Rightly Asks, Why Else Read

John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964 He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, an

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Curiosities of Literature
  • John Sutherland
  • English
  • 08 August 2018
  • 9781905211975

10 thoughts on “Curiosities of Literature

  1. says:

    Two reviewers on .com Sutherland s witty pomposity will either entertain you or drive you mad Unfortunately, I found myself in the latter category Consider which camp you belong to before reading this one Unlike the other reviewer who pronounced Sutherland pompous and arrogant, I found this book is so witty and enjoyable that I actually read part of it at the beach I am firmly in the beach reading camp To paraphrase Lincoln, if this is the kind of thing you like, you ll love it, and if not, you will think it violently pretentious at best But anyone who can distract me from a threatening migraine which has been building up like a New Mexico thunderhead since Friday has my attention, and my gratitude, and my laughter.One carp short as the chapters are, there are some very brief squibs which would obviously be sidebars set off by maybe just white space on the printed page, but in the Kindle version they re inserted right in the middle of the text with the result that the gory result of Hemingway s suicide is interrupted by a blithe page on the origins of literary detectives This happens about three or four times However, the detailed, gleefully grotesque illustrations by Martin Rowson are much better rendered than usual many of them are quite unnerving, but hilarious They gain the book a whole star yes they are that good And, of course, there is the usual Kindle ified un numbered, un linked useless Index, which is just a list of names sigh.

  2. says:

    A literary miscellany, heavy on the Victorians Good light reading for the bookish type.

  3. says:

    This is a book of trivia, factoids and amusing stories about the world of literature The author is a professor of English literature, so he knows his stuff The book is organized by loose themes, beginning with food both as featured in literature, and as eaten by authors There are bits on authors pen names, sales figures and famous deaths After the index, there s an essay on the end of the book where Mr Sutherland muses whether the codex book as we know it will soon vanish, replaced by electronic media or even telepathic communication.The illustrations are by Martin Rowson, who is in the old style of detailed editorial cartoons, and give a very British feel to the book The words are less obvious about it Being relatively widely read, I had run across many of the factoids before, but there were some I had no idea of, or had long forgotten like the true fate of V.C Andrews Mr Sutherland makes no pretense of being neutral in his opinions he s particularly scathing about the Left Behind series His writing is informative and readable it might be worthwhile to look his serious work up.As with many other trivia and lists books, this is less something one would buy for themselves, and something to buy as a present for a relative who loves reading As such, it s good value for money but given that mature themes are discussed, I would not recommend it for readers below senior high school age.

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    A lot of interesting trivia about literature and authors Presented with a bit too much snark I like a bit of snark, but this was heavy handed and overbearing at times I didn t like the illustrations by Martin Rowson Mostly I couldn t figure out what they were supposed to be showing And they were ugly without being funny.Chapters are Literary baked meats about food The body of literature heads, lungs, hearts, and bowels Tools of the trade includes the first typewriter writer Sex and the Victorians the Carlyles, Dorothea, George Eliot Better than sex, some say cigarettes and other forms of tobacco Some curious literary records best, worst, and most worst novelist, shortest poem, most misquoted Literary crimewatch Who who who who wrote Name games Bront and others Readers distinguished and less so dumb readers, presidential readers, prime ministerial readers Mammon and the book trade product placement, listomania, the Potter effect Wheels what would Jesus drive, platform 9 3 4 Morbid curiosity Anthony Trollope, Werther, Baskerville, George Orwell, Hart Crane, Truman Capote Curious connections a terminal quiz with answers.

  6. says:

    I found this book quite enjoyable It was irreverent and pointless and I rather like that sometimes However I did find quite a few typos in the text, and in some places I found the sentence structure to be confusing The author tends to interrupt herself a lot which I find hard to read, especially in a non fiction book, and sometimes the sentences after the interruption didn t match what went before I also question a lot of the sources used as there isn t a bibliography and the author cites websites quite frequently Over all though, I enjoyed the conversational pace and the interesting factoids about novels and their eccentric authors.

  7. says:

    Treasures for Trivia Aficionados John Sutherland s compilation of obscure or false beliefs relating, mostly, to authors, is a treasure trove for Trivia Aficionados Great bedtime reading Lulls one to lullabies Inspires dreams Reader awakens refreshed and corrected, if in need of same.

  8. says:

    I ve read many of Sutherland s books and took my time 4 years with this one Enjoyed it well enough but how does one address famous writer suicides and not mention anything about Richard Brautigan

  9. says:

    In this, much shorter book than the Short History book, Sutherland delivers oddities and interesting tidbits which for the most part did not make it into the other There is some repetition, but it s not distracting He s an entertaining writer, so what he has to say keeps your interest I would recommend this for those who don t want to spend the time reading an 800 page book, although that one is the better book Actually, it s fairly easy, and fun, getting through both Treat yourself.

  10. says:

    Interesting connections between authors, their works and public perceptions Bit of a dry read though.

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