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"A hilarious and witty compendium of writers behaving badly." — Caroline Leavitt, reviewer and author ("Pictures of You")
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As a longtime fan of Dorothy L. Sayers, I also published her first Lord Peter Wimsey novel in an annotated edition with 500 footnotes, maps, chronologies and essays! A great gift for the mystery reader in your life!
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Category Archives: Writers Gone Wild
And it’s not just because he has awesome hair that’s a brush-up and a bit of Aquanet away from becoming sentient. Scott Lynch writes a sci-fi series about pirates on an alien world, and some nutbar who only read excepts … Continue reading
In brief: “double Booker Award winner” (as one newspaper put it) Hilary Mantel, who wrote a couple of books about Henry VIII and his wives, was asked to give a speech for the London Review of Books on the subject … Continue reading
On this day in 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry barged into the Albemarle Club demanding to see one of its members. Told that Oscar Wilde was not in, Queensberry brought out one of his cards, scrawled a few words on … Continue reading
On this day in 1928, Dr. Clarence Hemingway spent the morning at his office, then entered his home in Oak Park, Illinois, for lunch. He burned personal papers in the basement furnace. Then he walked up the stairs to his … Continue reading
For once, a “Writers Gone Wild” essay about something that happened on this day, June 16, 1873. In the annals of dirty dealings by book publishers, John Camden Hotten occupies a category of his own. Part Larry Flynt for his … Continue reading
The following is another essay cut from “Writers Gone Wild” for lack of space (although Shirley’s encounter with Dylan Thomas did make it into the book). While Shirley Jackson made her bones with her creepy short story “The Lottery” and … Continue reading
As much as I am a nut about anything, I’ve been interested in true crime. Television fueled it at first, especially the “Dragnet” TV show. I’m not sure why. In my naturally induced depressive state, something is always out there, … Continue reading
Here’s another essay that didn’t make it into “Writers Gone Wild,” this time about Jack Kerouac and the explosive response to “On the Road” “Everything exploded” Jack Kerouac wrote about the day “On the Road” was published. Unfortunately for him, … Continue reading
A number of essays didn’t make it into “Writers Gone Wild.” This is one about the British poet, Rupert Brooke: The English poet Rupert Brooke was part of a group Virginia Woolf termed the “Neo-pagans,” who might best be described … Continue reading