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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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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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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"?And what about the German writer Heinrich Heine, who wrote in his play in 1821,"Where they burn boooks,so too will they in the end burn human beings"?:"Heine's own works were among those burned by the Nazis a century later.What is the history of insults in literature,the introduction of Sex,Science Fiction,Detective,Horror,and Mystery novels? It's all here between the covers of this fine tome.
The quality of the construction,paper,printing and everything about this book is superb.It even has a stitched binding ,numerous illustrations, and to top it all off ,a glossy ,illustrated hard cover,protected with a beautiful dust jacket.
It would make a treasured gift for anyone who loves reading.Just to prove my point;I say this is an excellent book in all respects;even though there is not a word in it about one of my favorite genres,Westerns.