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"[A] rollicking romp through a gallery of writers whose genius came with a price... Shaffer offers a terrific blend of literary history, biography, and witty commentary." — Publishers Weekly
Harper Perennial / HarperCollins
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 funny, insightful, and wildly entertaining 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 and who were as likely to go on epic benders as they were to hit the bestseller 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. Brimming with fascinating research, Literary Rogues is part nostalgia, part literary analysis, and a wholly raucous celebration of brilliant writers and their troubled legacies.
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Saturday Night Live recently featured a skit about Barnes & Noble employees about to get fired. "Y'all nerds hate us cause we work in the cafe!"
I recently spoke with Louisville's Courier-Journal. Here are some excerpts...
Why are so many authors alcoholics?
You don’t need to put on pants or leave the house to be a writer. When you can set your own hours, it’s a lot easier to sleep off hangovers.
Most entertaining literary brawl: French poet Paul Verlaine once smacked his lover, poet Arthur Rimbaud, in the face with a fish. Historians are split on whether it was a herring or a mackerel.