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Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights

Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights

Paperback Secret Lives

By (author) Robert Schnakenberg

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  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 200mm x 24mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1594742111
  • ISBN 13: 9781594742118
  • Illustrations note: 40 2-colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 171,362

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Now it's time to leave the history classroom and go down the hall to the English lesson. "Secret Lives of Great Authors" contains irreverent and fun-filled bios of all the writers you were forced to read in school, from Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson to J. D. Salinger and Sylvia Plath. And guess what? These people were more interesting than your teachers ever let on...Franz Kafka chewed his food 45 times before swallowing. W. B. Yeats paid surgeons to transplant monkey glands into his scrotum. J. R. R. Tolkien slept in his bathroom. As a boy, Ernest Hemingway was dressed in girl's clothes by his mother - in fact, she often introduced him as "my daughter."

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Robert Schnakenberg is the author of several nonfiction books.