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  • Copyright: 2011-01-17
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Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984 ?When did cigarettes first appear in English literature? And, while wers"re at it, whowrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius?Sutherlandrs"s irreverent literary exploration illuminates every topic imaginablefrom author advances to Civil War literature to Victorian sex to odd things eatenby literary characters (think Patrick Batemanrs"s girlfriend in American Psycho ).This is a treasure trove of fascinating information for all book lovers.

Author Biography

John Sutherland is an English academic and author of more than seventeen books. A Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London, he writes for The Guardian. Martin Rowson is a British cartoonist and novelist. His work frequently appears in The Guardian and The Independent.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Literary Baked Meats
Omelette Littérairep. 3
Dr Johnson's Gulosityp. 5
Knorr and a Nice Jellyp. 8
Come and Get itp. 9
Bovril: And World Dominationp. 12
Milk of Kindness; Grapes of Wrathp. 14
To Finish With, a Lorna Doone Biscuitp. 17
The Body of Literature: Heads, Lungs, Hearts, and Bowels
Head Cheesep. 23
Heady Stuffp. 24
Asthma and Geniusp. 25
Proust and Asthmap. 28
James's Irritably (Frigid) Bowel Syndromep. 30
Irritable Bowels (II)p. 32
Ill Windp. 33
Ill Wind (II)p. 36
Hardy's Heartp. 39
Hardy's Heart (II)p. 41
Can We Clone Dickens?p. 44
Tools of the Trade
'Set it Down': But How Exactly?p. 49
The First Typewriter-Writerp. 51
Jack versus Blickp. 52
The Computerised Novelp. 55
Serving the Writerp. 58
Sex and the Victorians
First-Night Nervesp. 63
The Carlyles' Wedding Nightp. 66
Dorothea's Wedding Nightp. 67
George Eliot's Two Honeymoonsp. 71
The Language of Flowersp. 72
Green Carnations (continued)p. 75
Love My Manuscript More Than Youp. 76
Better Than Sex, Some Say
Three Castlesp. 81
Bond's Baccyp. 83
Make Mine du Maurierp. 84
Du Maurier the Younger: Cigarettes Againp. 87
Du Maurier the Third: Rebeccap. 88
Some Curious Literary Records: Best, Worst, and Most
The Worst Novelist Everp. 93
The Best Novel(ist) Everp. 96
My Pen is Quickp. 98
Slow Coachp. 100
Hardest Workingp. 101
The Most Arduousp. 104
Chalk, Pen, or Typewriter?p. 106
Little Writingp. 107
Writing Longp. 110
Writing Shortp. 112
The Shortest Poemp. 114
The Most Productive Holiday in English Literaturep. 116
Most Misquotedp. 119
Literary Crimewatch (and Gunplay)
Rape and the Ethical Classroomp. 125
In the Dock: Ma Humpp. 129
The First Spliffp. 132
Literary Assault and Batteryp. 134
Gunplayp. 137
Arms and the Womanp. 138
Arms and the Menp. 138
The Hemingway Solutionp. 141
Who? Who? Who?
Who 'Wrote': Paradise Lost?p. 147
Who 'Wrote': The Tragic Muse?p. 149
Who Wrote: The Odyssey?p. 150
Who Wrote the First Western?p. 153
Who invented the Supercomputer (in Literature)?p. 154
Who Wrote the King James Bible?p. 156
Name Games
Why 'Brontë'?p. 161
Adjectivalsp. 165
Etiquetteryp. 167
What's in a Name?p. 171
What's in a Name (II)?p. 174
What's in a Name (III)?p. 177
What's in a Title?p. 178
Readers: Distinguished and Less Distinguished
Smart Writers, Dumb Readersp. 183
Dumb Readers (II)p. 186
Presidential Readersp. 187
Presidential Readers (II)p. 190
Prime-ministerial Readersp. 193
Mammon and the Book Trade
Product Placementp. 197
Product Placement (II)p. 199
There's Life in the Old Corpse Yetp. 201
Lies, Damn Lies, and Bestseller Listsp. 204
What was the Most Popular Novel in the American Civil War?p. 208
Books Go to War: Continuedp. 211
Listomaniap. 213
The Potter Effectp. 215
Jam, Gollys, and the S-wordp. 217
Go Figurep. 220
WWJD?p. 225
Platform 9 3/4p. 227
Wrong-Headednessp. 229
Celebrity Car Crash: Not a Literary Thingp. 230
Morbid Curiosity
What Killed Anthony Trollope?p. 237
Dying Well: Too Wellp. 238
The Wallpaper Actually Did Gop. 240
The Werther Effectp. 241
The Baskerville Effectp. 243
Cause of Death: George Orwellp. 245
More Wertherismsp. 245
Graham Greene: Wertherianp. 247
Dying Well? Or Dead Drunk?p. 249
Hart Crane: Death by Water (and Whiskey)p. 250
Dying Conscientiouslyp. 252
What Was That He Said?p. 254
'Good Career Move, Truman'p. 257
Curious Connections: a Terminal Quiz
Questionsp. 263
Answersp. 264
Indexp. 275
The End of the Bookp. 288
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