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Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.   With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls? Is it true that J. D. SaStrange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.   With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls? Is it true that J. D. Salinger drank his own urine? How many women?and men?did Lord Byron actually sleep with? And why was Ayn Rand such a big fan of Charlie’s Angels? Classic literature was never this much fun in school!...

Title : Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights
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ISBN : 9781594742118
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights Reviews

  • Deniz Balcı
    2019-05-09 17:52

    Amacı ve kapsamı bakımından oldukça ilginç bilgiler içeren, adından da anlaşılacağı üzere edebiyat dünyasının magazinini yapan bir kitap bu. İçerisinde bulunan hikayelerin ve anekdotların yarısını biliyordum ama tekrardan hatırlamaktan keyif aldım. İlk kez duyduklarımı ise büyük bir açlıkla okudum. Malum dedikodu ata sporumuz:) Metinden bağımsız, yazarların hayatlarını çok ilginç bulan ve bunları çoğu zaman araştıran bir okur olarak beni tatmin eden bir kitap oldu. Büyük yazarların özel hayatlarına magazinsel bir bakış atmak isterseniz kitabı kesinlikle tavsiye ederim.İyi okumalar.

  • Adriana
    2019-04-25 17:55

    Cine-ar fi zis că marii scriitori au fost atât de duși cu pluta? Cu siguranță, nu eu :))Informativă și haioasă foc! Recomand!

  • Madeline
    2019-05-05 14:16

    Entertaining and highly educational. If you've ever thought to yourself, "hey, I wonder how many famous authors had really freaky sex lives?" (answer: a lot) then this is the book for you.Here's some other useful tidbits of information I learned from this book, all of which I'll be sure to bring up in every English class I ever take from now on: -Lord Byron kept snippets of his girlfriends' pubic hair in envelopes. And he had a lot of girlfriends (250 in Venice in one year alone). -The Bronte sisters grew up in a house surrounded on three sides by graveyards.-Henry David Thoreau invented raisin bread.-Louisa May Alcott was an opium addict.-Mark Twain started smoking at age eight and continued to smoke between twenty and forty cigars a day until his death.-Both Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway's mothers dressed their respective sons in girls' clothing for most of their childhoods. -H.G. Wells wrote his own epitaph: "God damn you all, I told you so."-Gertrude Stein referred to orgasms as "cows."-When Virginia Woolf was a child, she got slapped in the face by Rodin because she looked at one of his unfinished sculptures.-Kafka spent time at a nudist health spa, where he became known as "the man in the swimming trunks."-When a hedgehog got caught in Agatha Christie's tennis nets, she chloroformed it by herself and set it free.-J.R.R. Tolkien invented fourteen languages, each with their own alphabet.-At a party, F. Scott Fitzgerald went around collecting guests' watches and jewelry. He then boiled everything in a pot of tomato soup.-Ayn Rand described Charlie's Angels as "the only romantic show on television today."-In a speech in 1990, Kurt Vonnegut said that he owed the sucess of his career to the firebombing at Dresden, where 25,000 to 250,000 people died. "I got about five dollars for each corpse, counting my fee tonight," he said. Awkward.-After working as an editor for nineteen years, Toni Morrisson still reads the paper with a red pencil so she can copyedit it. -Sylvia Plath took an IQ test in 1944, and scored a genius-level 166.-Dylan Thomas's last words were, "I just had eighteen straight scotches. I think that's the record...After thirty-nine years, this is all I've done."

  • Claudia Serbanescu
    2019-05-12 17:18

    Biografii neconvenționale interesante. Vieți și creiere complicate, marcate de boală, viciu sau genetică, încât m-am întrebat deseori cum și când au reușit să creeze atâtea capodopere.Mai puțin can-can decât anunță coperta. ;)

  • Nousha
    2019-04-23 19:04

    Тъй като в своите почти 300 страници побира кратка биография и любопитни случки за над 40 хора на перото, не може да се очаква някаква задълбоченост и изчерпателност. "Жълта" по съществото си, тази книга обаче е написана изключително добронамерено и с приятно чувство за хумор и въпреки че се рекламира като разкриваща мръсни тайни и скандални подробности, тя по-скоро изброявя странностите и чудатостите на бележити автори, с което ги прави да изглеждат по-човешки и определено постига една от целите си - да предизвика любопитство. Което пък - поне при мен - води до запознаване с творчеството на тоз-онзи, който съм пропуснала да изчета. Оставам с много положителна нагласа към книжлето, което не ме обогатява с информацията, която съдържа, но обогати библиотеката ми с някой и друг автор, а и ме накара да прочета по-задълбочено за живота му (й). Българското издание има известни пропуски - преводът става, всеки прави грешки, но при наличието на редактор да се остави в крайния вариант на книгата изречение като "Грета Блох, която твърди години по-късно, че Кафка е баща на детето на любовта й"... Недопустимо е да не се провери и как се изписва на български името на Едуард Олби, изключително ме дразни, когато "Врява и безумство" се нарича "Шум и ярост". Най-странно за мен е, че навсякъде из книгата авторът е посочен като Робърт Шанкенбърг, вместо Шнакенбърг. Не говори добре. Последно, на места има нужда от бележки под линия.Като изключим това, книгата се чете лесно и бързо.

  • Jodi
    2019-05-14 19:15

    Secret Lives of Great Authors is the kind of book that you should read in the company of others. It’s filled with odd bits of trivia that you want to share with someone the instant you read them, and without sharing the trivia seems to fly right out of your head.I was going to come here and write all kinds of witty little things about all the secrets that I learned while reading the book and it seems that I have forgotten a lot of them. The overall impression that I got from this book is that writers drink a lot and have a lot of sex. Here are a few of the other things I remember:Read the rest on iwilldare.com

  • Daniel
    2019-05-05 15:07

    O carte scrisă pe un ton amuzant despre unii din cei mai mari scriitori americani și europeni. Obiceiuri proaste, caractere nobile sau, din contră, infecte, întâmplări memorabile, morți dubioase, o întreagă panoplie de ciudățenii, poate exagerate, sau poate nu, care completează biografiile oficiale. De citit pe apucate și de râs pe înfundate.

  • Viktoria
    2019-04-23 19:08

    So according to this book, most authors were drunks, drug addicts, adulterers, crazy and depressed. Boy do I have a long way to go!

  • Cristiana
    2019-04-19 16:10

    N-am început cartea asta cu prea mari așteptări, speram că va fi o lectură ușurică și amuzantă, dar abia - abia am terminat-o. Tonul răutăcios m-a cam iritat, am avut constant senzația că autorul se străduiește prea tare să ne strice impresia despre scriitori. OK, unii erau nebuni, alții afurisiți, alții perverși șamd, dar asta nu înseamnă că trebuie să uităm că ne-au adus, totuși, opere valoroase și nici nu justifică tonul superior în care mi s-a părut scrisă întreaga carte.

  • Rubi
    2019-04-21 21:14

    Editia romaneasca a acestei carti mi-a atras atentia in primul rand prin culori. Cartea are o imagine vesela, parca e pusa pe sotii tot timpul. Aspectul vizual al acestei carti o evidentiaza cu usurinta, indiferent de felul cartilor de langa ea. De multa vreme nu am mai vazut pe piata o carte brosata atat de placuta ochiului. Coperta e identica cu cea a editiei originale, si este o mare ispita pentru cel care o vede prima oara pe raft.Continuarea pe:http://www.descopera.org/robert-schna...

  • Ioana Crețu
    2019-04-27 22:14

    Majoritatea celor prezentați sunt americani, nu e destul de reprezentativă pentru toți „marii scriitori”.

  • Dana
    2019-04-27 16:18

    Viața secretă a marilor scriitori este o încântare pentru toate simțurile. De la poveștile savuroase – cunoscute și mai puțin cunoscute – despre autorii iconici din Renaștere până în zilele noastre, la ilustrațiile haioase, calitatea hârtiei și designul paginilor, acest volum este o mică bijuterie ce nu trebuie să lipsească din biblioteca unui cititor împătimit. http://www.bookishstyle.ro/tag/viata-...

  • Simay Yildiz
    2019-05-20 20:52

    If you're a literary nerd, this book is definitely for you. Beware, though, because if you already like to do research about authors like myself, there will be things in here that you already know. Having said that, there are also things that I've never heard of before. It's such a quick read where you can read one author's story, put the book down and then pick it up again later. Insightful and humorous, it reminded me that my favorite authors have flaws (some of which are BIG!), but it just made me love them even more. Here are some of them that I didn't know about before (SPOILER ALERT!):- Lewis Carroll was an inventor.- During most of their childhoods both Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were dressed in girls' clothing by their mothers. - Hemingway also wore frilly underpants.- Kafka spent time at a nudist health spa, but he refused to take his clothes off.- Virginia Woolf got the inspiration form his painter sister and wrote standing up toward the end of her career.- Sylvia Plath took an IQ test in 1944, and scored a genius-level 166. - When she was working as an editor, Toni Morrison used to send her own money to struggling writers she believed in.- Lord Byron kept snippets of his girlfriends' pubic hair in envelopes and he had A LOT of them.- Edgar Allan Poe went to school by the cemetery, and his teachers would make them find out how old the dead people were when they died by using the dates on their headstones.* * *Eğer edebiyat meraklısıysanız bu kitap sizin için ancak çok fazla heyecanlanmayın. Siz de benim gibi sevdiğiniz yazarların hayatlarını kendi kendinize araştırma alışkanlığına sahipseniz, bu kitapta yazanların çoğunu zaten biliyor olacaksınız. Ancak hiç bir yerde duymadığım, şaşırtıcı bilgiler de vardı doğrusu. Ayrıca kitap şıp diye okunuyor ve hayranı olduğumuz yazarların da abuk subuk davranışlarının olduğunu hatırlatıyor.Önceden bilmediklerimden bazıları:- Lewis Carroll aynı zamanda bir mucitti.- Çocukluklarının büyük bir kısmı boyunca hem Oscar Wilde hem de Ernest Hemingway'in anneleri onlara kız kıyafetleri giydirdi.- Hemingway aynı zamanda fırfırlı iç çamaşırları giyiyordu.- Kafka çıplaklar spasında zaman geçirdi fakat soyunmayı reddetti.- Virginia Woolf ressam kız kardeşinden fikir alarak kariyerinin sonlarına doğru tüm yazılarını ayakta yazdı.- Sylvia Plath 1944 yılında bir IQ testi aldı ve sonucu süper zeka derecesi 166ydı.- Editör olarak çalıştığı zamanlarda Toni Morrison inandığı amatör yazarlara kendi cebinden para gönderirdi.- Lord Byron kız arkadaşlarının pubik tüylerini zarflarda saklardı ve çok çok fazla kız arkadaşı olmuştu.- Edgar Allan Poe'nun gittiği okul mezarın yanındaydı ve öğretmenleri matemetik derslerinde mezar taşlarından yola çıkarak ölenlerin kaç yaşında olduklarını hesaplatırdı.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-18 14:02

    Lepšie klepy ako z Blesku a Nového Času dohromady xDNevedela som sa od tejto knihy odrthnúť - Odhliadnúc od pravdivostnej hodnoty niektorých tvrdení (Niektoré menšie chybičky som tam našla aj ja, ale zas nič vážne ;)) je to skvelý matroš na výuku. Podľa mňa najlepšia cesta ako "donútiť" puberťákov čítať povinnú literatúru. Dáte im autora, ktorý je fakt "hustý", dozvedia sa o ňom snáď aj to, čo ani on sám nevedel a už sú len krôčik od toho, aby začali čítať jeho diela.Za mňa super - Skvelé ilustrácie, fakty i nefakty, ktoré pobavia/šokujú a priblížia vám život autorov.

  • Richard Martin
    2019-04-27 21:52

    An enjoyable read on a favorite topic. The entry for each author begins with a checklist of information including nationality, Zodiac sign, major works, contemporaries & rivals, and literary style. The remainder is a collection of "secrets" of his/her life. Humorous illustrations help bring them to life. A definite must on my reread list.

  • Víctor
    2019-05-10 20:53

    É divertido e está ben escrito pero tampouco é que sexa unha biblia de anecdotas

  • Andreea Chiuaru
    2019-05-12 14:20

    Informații interesante, un stil de a spune lucrurile amuzant și care îți menține interesul pe tot parcursul lecturii și o selecție de autori despre care îmi doream să știu mai multe. Asta da carte pe gustul meu.

  • Burak Taşcı
    2019-05-07 15:18

    Bu kitapta çok önemli yazarların iğrençlikleri, saçmalıkları, korkuları, inatları, kabalıkları ve daha bunlara benzer pek çok insanî taraflarını göreceksiniz! Yazar kültü üzerinden insanın aşağılıklığına, acziyetine ve varoluş mücadelesine şahitlik edeceksiniz. Bu bakımdan kitabın bir magazin derlemesinden daha fazlası olduğunu düşünüyorum. Dostoyevski'nin olmayışına bir hayli içerlesem de okunmaya değer bir kitap. Okumadan önce dikkat edin, içinden çok sevdiğiniz yazarlar çıkabilir!

  • Caitlin
    2019-05-16 20:14

    This is the perfect book for getting yourself out of a reading (and writing) rut. Featuring fascinating facts about the lives of well-known authors made me want to read their work, especially the lesser-known works that fall off the standard canon, as well as realising these people were just as flawed as we are today. Naturally with any collection like this, there are big decisions made as to who is included and who isn’t (and this is briefly touched on in the introduction) however I would say this is very much an American book, and in fact there were a few American authors included who I hadn’t even heard of, while better known British and even Australian authors (with their own incredibly messed up and entertaining stories) weren’t featured. While I liked the little profile beginning each entry, I don’t know why they included the author’s star sign, when it didn’t really make any difference to the wondrous stories of drunkenness and hanky panky behind the scenes of great works.All said and done, I would absolutely love to read a book about the Lewis-Tolkien friendship called “Not another f***ing dwarf.”

  • Chibineko
    2019-04-26 16:07

    I picked this up the other day & I've been enjoying it ever since. The layout of each chapter being a different author or set of authors is nice, since it makes for a good bathroom book or a nice book to read before you go to sleep. I'm not sure if all of the facts are true (as said by one of the other reviewers), but they make for good reading. My only complaint is that the book is set up very strangely. The book's pages are rather thick & stiff, which puts me at constant fear of the spine breaking apart if I'm not careful. While the book does feel nice under the fingertips, I'm afraid that it's not very practical. Still, it's a minor complaint overall. I'd recommend this to book fans, both serious bibliophiles & casual readers. Everyone will find something they like, whether it's complaining that some things are a little off or whether it's discovering that their favorite author wasn't as squeaky clean as our teachers would have liked us to think.

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2019-05-20 18:59

    The most important thing to say about this book: it's the perfect bathroom reading! Apart from this. I picked this up because I was curious but while I was reading I realized that I didn't want to know half of the stuff that was written on it. I realized that everyone is entitled to have is one weirdness and no one should make fun of it. Yeah, maybe that was the problem: the tone in which the author described his little trivia. It was as if he felt himself to be too superior to every one else and for this reason he had to mock everybody.SIGH!Maybe with a different tone the book could have been a bit better. And with a better illustrator, maybe. But that's the nitpicker in me speaking!

  • Loredana M.
    2019-05-08 13:57

    Un volum pe care l-am citit plină de încântare! O combinație foarte reușită între ilustrațiile amuzante și textul foarte bine scris de Robert Schnakenber, cu tentă la fel de amuzantă. Recunosc, despre unii scriitori mai știam ciudățenii, însă habar n-aveam de majoritatea lucrurilor pe care Schnakenberg le dezvăluie despre ei în această carte. „Viața secretă...” merită citită fără grabă și cu mintea deschisă. Garantat vă veți distra pe parcurs!***recenzia la link-ul de mai jos***https://literaryjungle.wordpress.com/...

  • Chetecut
    2019-05-18 19:13

    "Тайният живот на великите автори" е една забавна книжка с много добри комиксови илюстрации. Върши страхотна работа за запълване на свободното време - казва по нещо ново и естествено повтаря вече казани неща. Авторът не е известен в България, но като че ли не е такъв и в чужбина. Естествено това няма никакво значение, защото книгата не претендира нито да е много сериозна, нито съвсем достоверна и все пак е поднесена отчасти във формата на енциклопедия, но с чувство за хумор. Още на http://chetecut.blogspot.com/2010/09/...

  • İlhamə
    2019-05-14 15:50

    Kitabda internetdə tapılmayacaq heç nə yoxdur. Müəllif bir az yumor qatıb və yazıçıların adi insanlardan daha dəli, çılğın və anormal olduqlarını, ən əsası ideallaşdırdığımız kimi olmadıqlarını vurğulayıb. Dedi-qodu formasında yazılıb. Vaxt itkisidir. Vaxt itkisi olmasa belə, pul verib almağa dəyməz.

  • Melek
    2019-04-28 13:53

    Bu puanı kitabın kendi kalitesinden çok elimdeki baskının kalitesine veriyorum. Çeviri kötü, bin tane hata var, baskı özensiz. Bir yerden sonra sadece göz gezdirdim kitaba, o da sırf bitirmeden bırakmış olmamak için.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-04 16:10

    Скандальная и увлекательная - таблоид в твердом переплете. Одна из тех книг, которая обязательно должна быть в школьной программе, чтобы привить ученикам любовь к литературе, но которая никогда там не окажется.

  • Петко Циков
    2019-04-28 18:10

    ситурно е достоверна. Причина? Защото, ,,тайният" им живот не е толкова шокиращ... Освен Уилям Бъроуз!!!! Поздрав!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pfd3O... - Бъроуз и Кобейн...

  • Özlem Güzelharcan
    2019-05-06 22:17

    Eğlenceli görsellerle zenginleştirilmiş, yaratıcı, okuması çok keyifli bir kitap.

  • Matt
    2019-05-07 15:11

    delicious fun for a literary junkie as myself.

  • Al
    2019-04-21 21:07

    Salacious or irreverent? Over-the-top or merely saucy? Your reaction to “Secret Lives of Great Authors” will largely hinge on your own perspective of how we should view the so-called “great writers.” (The 41 authors are so well known that you recognize them by their last names—Shakespeare, Poe, Tolstoy, Woolf, Kafka, Sartre, Hemingway, Salinger, etc.) Does a book like this increase your empathy for these authors as folks who are just like us with their share of human foibles? Or does it so knock said authors off the pedestals that high school English teachers provided them ruining any future reading of their works? My guess is that it won’t matter for most readers. In our book club which is primarily focused on classics, someone always pipes in with personal details about an author gleaned from a quick look at Wikipedia. And while Wikipedia can be rife with misinformation, it does encourage providing sources (something noticeably missing from “Secret Lives of Great Authors”). So most readers will, like me, find “Secret Lives…” an enjoyable read; however, realize that, like Wikipedia, all the information contained therein should be taken with a grain of salt. And I’d steer clear of author Robert Schnakenberg’s suggestion that “you may just learn a few useful facts that could help you fill out that skimpy term paper.” Teachers being so picky, you understand.