I Used to Know That - Literature Inside Stories of Famous Authors, Classic Characters, Unforgettable Phrases, and Unanticipated Endings

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ISBN-13: 9781606524152
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Description: Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting- and often scandalous-facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle-earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's  More...

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List price: $14.99
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 3/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.110
Language: English

Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting- and often scandalous-facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle-earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, I Used to Knew That: Literatureincludes sections such as: You Don't Say:Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction-sometimes with very different meanings. Gruesomely Ever After:The original endings of some of the world's most cherished fairy tales-Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and more. Hip to be Square:Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them. Anthropomorphized Characters:The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures." Time to Make the Doughnuts:Odd jobs of famous authors. Parental Guidance Suggested:Dahl's short stories, Seuss's political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children's authors. The Long Con:Shocking (and sometimes shockingly long-lived) literary hoaxes: Frey, JT Leroy, The Education of Little Tree, The Day After Roswell, etc. Science Fiction, Science Fact:If alien monoliths are ever found on the moon, the safer bet is that they would be translucent crystal; Sir Arthur C. Clarke is celebrated for making accurate predictions of various technologies, years ahead of their time. A look at which of his predictions held true and the same feats of other authors. Screen Test:The truth about great works of fiction and the odd challenges that had to be surmounted to bring them to the silver screen. The Secret Life of Kilgore Trout:True facts about fake characters (and the writers who created them).

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