Book Reviews of The Oxford book of American literary anecdotes

The Oxford book of American literary anecdotes
The Oxford book of American literary anecdotes
ISBN-13: 9780195029383
ISBN-10: 0195029380
Publication Date: 9/17/1981
Pages: 360
Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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From the back cover:
T.S. Eliot's wife often went to his lectures wearing a sign that said "I am the wife he abandoned." One night at a Hollywood party, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald collected all the women's purses--and boiled them. Emily dickinson hid from her father in the basement to avoid going to church. Henry James preserved all his life a jacket he had worn as a boy while meeting Thackeray, because the reat author had praised the buttons. These stories, taken from memoirs, biographies, letters, and table-talk, form an irreverent and revealing history of American literature.
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No warts omitted; this mean-spirited collection portrays its subjects as largely drunken and ill-mannered. If scandalous behavior of the famous is your cup of tea you've come to the right place. It has enough amusement to justify a couple of stars.
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This ISBN is on a paperback edition, despite the "Unknown Binding" in the listing.