Literary Rogues by Andrew Shaffer
A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

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...what is most remarkable about Shaffer's history is the way in which it colors that liminal space between writers' obscurity and their eventual fame...
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A Wildly Funny and Shockingly True Compendium of the Bad Boys (and Girls) of Western Literature

Rock stars, rappers, and actors haven't always had a monopoly on misbehaving. There was a time when authors fought with both words and fists, a time when poets were the ones living fast and dying young. This witty, insightful, and wildly entertaining narrative profiles the literary greats who wrote generation-defining classics such as The Great Gatsby and On the Road while living and loving like hedonistic rock icons, who were as likely to go on epic benders as they were to hit the bestseller lists. Literary Rogues turns back the clock to consider these historical (and, in some cases, living) legends, including Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bret Easton Ellis. Brimming with fascinating research, Literary Rogues is part nostalgia, part literary analysis, and a wholly raucous celebration of brilliant writers and their occasionally troubled legacies.
 

About Andrew Shaffer

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Andrew Shaffer is the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love and, under the pen name Fanny Merkin, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Mental Floss and Maxim. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, a magical land of horses and bourbon.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Angela Evancie on Feb 05 2013

...what is most remarkable about Shaffer's history is the way in which it colors that liminal space between writers' obscurity and their eventual fame...

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Reviewed by Laura Schultz on Feb 05 2013

...Andrew Shaffer offers a unique brand of humor celebrating these enigmatic writers who seemingly possessed no boundaries in their quest to live life to the fullest...

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