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Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (Books of Miscellany) Hardcover – October 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Books of Miscellany
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex Palmer has written for the New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, the Rumpus, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is also the author of Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature. Find him at: www.alexpalmerwrites.com

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Alex Palmer is the author of Weirdopedia and Literary Miscellany. His work has appeared in the New York Post, Time Out New York, Writer's Digest, The Rumpus, Billboard, and The Hollywood Reporter, among others. He is also co-editor of the literary journal Fawlt Magazine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Steelman on January 2, 2013
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I bought this book for what I thought would be trivia. It is that and much more. I learned a lot about various genres and authors. This book has made me get many books I would probably not have bought save for seeing them here. The words of Hans Christian Andersen planning his funeral really stayed with me; "... make the beat for small feet..." as he knew that children would be following his coffin. This is the sort of un-trivial trivia that I love. Well worth the time of any literature lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 20, 2012
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One of my favorite reading genres is "Books About Books" and this is certainly an excellent one on the subject.The reason for my title is that this is the type of book that is always hard to find in bookstores,for the simple reason they never seem to know where to put it.In used bookstores it is even more difficult ,probably because once someone gets it,they never seem to give it up.
It is a book that anyone who considers themselves a Bibliophile ,an avid Reader,a Bookworm,or any of the other names applied to people who have a love for reading and books;will find a real gem.
It's obvious,as soon as one starts reading this book,that this is not a book that I often call an "edited book".By that I mean, a book that publishers have assigned to one or several researchers,to look up a bunch of facts and gather them together and call it a book.In this case the author certainly is very knowledgeable with books and literature .The scope is wide and covers all genre of literature from all time periods.
What I particularly enjoyed about the things Mr Palmer covers is that he makes you think about many of the things that have taken place with books,subjects,and various forms of literature ;and explains the reasons for the trends and changes throughout history.
He will tell you things about the world of literature that will astound you.For instance,did you know that Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends And Influence People",was the first paperback to sell a million copies ;and went on to sell 15 million copies globally? Or how about the fact that Louisa May Alcott led an early charge to have "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" banned for its crude language"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Fitzgerald on November 11, 2012
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I couldn't put this book down from the moment it arrived in the regular postal mail until I finished it thoroughly - and I really enjoyed the facts within! Thank you so much for this unique book - I hope to acquire other books like it!!
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