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by John Sutherland

  • ISBN: 1602393710
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: John Sutherland
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Other formats: mbr txt azw lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1st edition (April 22, 2009)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • FB2 size: 1947 kb
  • EPUB size: 1730 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 442
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John Sutherland (born 1938) is an English professor, journalist, and author of over seventeen books. Curiosities of Literature is a collection of short musings on literary miscellany, including such topics as "The First Typewriter-Writer," "The Worst Novelist Ever," and "Most Misquoted.

John Sutherland (born 1938) is an English professor, journalist, and author of over seventeen books. Currently a Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, he specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing. I like to read about books, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I found Sutherland's prose, loaded with self-indulgent complexity, to be almost incomprehensible.

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Sutherland’s irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil War literature . John Sutherland was born on October 9, 1938. After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1964, he began his academic career as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh.

Sutherland’s irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil War literature to Victorian sex to odd things eaten by literary characters (think Patrick Bateman’s girlfriend in American Psycho). Other fascinating insights include the fact that the number one title among American Civil War soldiers was Les Miserables. He specializes in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.

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Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers. Sutherland's irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil War literature to Victorian sex to odd things eaten by literary characters (think Patrick Bateman's girlfriend in American Psycho). This is the ideal anthology of fascinating information and trivia for all book lovers. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

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John Sutherland was born in 1938 and is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at. .Curiosities of Literature, a miscellany about reading, and Magic Moments: Life-changing Encounters with Books, Film, Music were published in 2008.

John Sutherland was born in 1938 and is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He has taught in universities world-wide and is also Visiting Professor of California Institute of Technology. John Sutherland's latest books are: Love, Sex, Death and Words: Tales from a Year in Literature (2010), written with Stephen Fender; 50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know (2011); and Lives of the Novelists: A History of Ficiton in 294 Lives (2011). Critical perspective. When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? Which author's heart was purportedly eaten by a cat? One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984?

When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? Which author's heart was purportedly eaten by a cat? One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984? Who made the first bouillon soup? What do 12 percent of all winners of the Booker Prize have in common? What didn't happen on Thomas Carlyle's famous wedding night? And, while we're at it, who wrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius? Sutherland's irreverent literary masterpiece illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil War literature to Victorian sex to odd things eaten by literary characters (think Patrick Bateman's girlfriend in American Psycho). Other fascinating insights include the fact that the number one title among American Civil War soldiers was Les Miserables. This is the ideal anthology of fascinating information and trivia for all book lovers.
Reviews about Curiosities of Literature: A Feast for Book Lovers (7):
Xtreem
My daughter-in-law requested this book as a gift. She thoroughly enjoyed it.
Miromice
you will certainly enjoy this book. Sutherland, who is an English professor at University College London, has made a career of writing about oddities and conundrums in Victorian literature. This book is different in that it provides light-hearted, short articles about a wide range of literary topics such as Proust's asthma, Thomas Carlyle's wedding night, and the odd circumstances of Thomas Hardy's burial. He also provides entertaining lists, such as the most difficult literary works to read (Finnegans Wake is mentioned), books with canine first-person narrators, famous misquotes, youngest and oldest novelists, and books, according to a 2007 survey, least likely to be finished by readers. (War and Peace is included.) Sutherland wears his erudition lightly and is very funny.

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.
Narim
A pleasant, light read at bedtime
Vinainl
My husband is a huge reading, writing and literature fan. He consumes books the way some people do potato chips. So imagine how pleased I was that after all these years I found something new that he really enjoyed. So much so that he is actually considering giving a copy to one of his friends. That's virtually unprecedented and very cool!
Zovaithug
Excellent trade.
Mr_NiCkNaMe
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't quite sure that I would, as sometimes I find books about books to be rather dry. However, Sutherland has really done his research and the result is an enjoyable collection of interesting tidbits about some of our most famous authors and books. I found the author's writing style to be both engaging and witty. He doesn't spend too much time on any one item, which makes for both an easy read and a book that you can pick up when you've only got a few minutes, but want something worthwhile to read. I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I would definitely read something else by this author in the future.
Yggdi
Curiosities of Literature is a collection of short musings on literary miscellany, including such topics as "The First Typewriter-Writer," "The Worst Novelist Ever," and "Most Misquoted." I like to read about books, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, I found Sutherland's prose, loaded with self-indulgent complexity, to be almost incomprehensible.

Here's an example from "The Ultra-Literary Biscuit":
"Paterson Arran's `Brontë' shortbread (so called for entirely inscrutable reasons) is reported to be the top-selling brand among MPs at Westminster' Portcullis House. Cheering news for the Scottish Nationalists (the maker Paterson Arran is as Caledonian as their product). The biscuit that takes the literary biscuit, so to speak, is Proust's madeleine, the redolent taste of which inspires the long ruminations of Remembrance of Things Past."

Another example from "Adjectivals":
"The epithets `Brontean' and Thackerayan' are common in critical and general discourse. I frequently use them myself and very useful they are. But, curiously, some authors' lives, lifestyles, reputations, and literary works distil conveniently into adjectivality, and others inconveniently resist conversion. Peter Conradi, for example, gets through 500 pages of his authorized life of the novelist without once using `Murdochian'. Having read those pages, however, one has a precise idea of what the uncouth term would mean, if anyone, less stylistically scrupulous than Professor Conradi, cared to invent it."

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.

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