Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors (Paperback)

A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

By Andrew Shaffer

Harper Perennial, 9780062077288, 297pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013



Andrew Shaffer's Literary Rogues is an unflinching look at the bad behavior of some of our most beloved authors, from Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Hunter S. Thompson and Bret Easton Ellis.

Literary Rogues is a wildly funny and illuminating history and analysis of the bad boys and girls of lit, from the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love

Part nostalgia, part serious history of Western literary movements, Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors is a raucous celebration of oft-vilified writers and their work, brimming with interviews, research, and personality.

Praise For Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

“In this rollicking romp through a gallery of writers whose genius came with a price (alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and other troubles), Shaffer offers a terrific blend of literary history, biography, and witty commentary.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining and well-researched.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“‘Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love’ extends the schadenfreude to the boudoir.”
-New York Times Book Review

“If you’re in dutch with your valentine, give him Andrew Shaffer’s book, which recounts the tortured love lives of 37 thinkers. Compared to them, you’ll look as saintly as St. Thomas himself—who, Shaffer tells us, once chased a prostitute out of his room with a hot poker.”
-Martha Stewart Whole Living

“Indispensable advice for all lovers—and especially for those who think they should learn about the art of love from philosophers. A wonderful summary of the musings on love by some of history’s greatest and most idiosyncratic minds.”
-Clancy Martin, editor of Love, Lies, and Marriage