Secret Lives of Great Authors

What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights

By Robert Schnakenberg; Mario Zucca (Illustrator)
(Quirk Books, Paperback, 9781594742118, 304pp.)

Publication Date: February 1, 2008

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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. 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!

About the Author

Robert Schnakenberg is the author of several nonfiction books including Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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