Writers Gone Wild

The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes

By Bill Peschel
(Perigee Books, Paperback, 9780399536182, 257pp.)

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

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Truth is stranger than fiction.
If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. "Writers Gone Wild" rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.
Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, "Writers Gone Wild" reveals such fascinating stories as:
* The night Dashiell Hammett hired a Chinese prostitute to break up S. J. Perelman's marriage (and ran off with his wife).
* Why Sylvia Plath bit Ted Hughes on the cheek.
* Why Ernest Hemingway fought a book critic, a modernist poet, and his war correspondent/wife Martha Gellhorn (but not at the same time).
* The near-fatal trip Katherine Anne Porter took while high on marijuana in Mexico.
* Why women's breasts sent Percy Bysshe Shelley screaming from the room.
* The day Virginia Woolf snuck onto a Royal Navy ship disguised as an Abyssinian prince.
Pull up a chair, turn on good reading light, and discover what your favorite writers were up to while away from their desks. Sometimes, they make the wildest characters of all.

About the Author
Bill Peschel is a recovering journalist who shares a Pulitzer Prize with the staff of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. He also is a mystery fan who has run the Wimsey Annotations at www.planetpeschel.com for nearly two decades. He is the author of Writers Gone Wild (Penguin). Through Peschel Press he publishes Sherlock par-odies and pastiches in the 223B Casebook series and annotated editions of Dorothy L. Sayers' Whose Body? and Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. An interest in Victorian crime led to the republication of three books on the William Palmer case. He lives with his family, dog and two cats in Hershey, where the air really does smell like chocolate.
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