Love, Sex, Death and Words : Surprising Tales from a Year in Literature, Paperback Book

Love, Sex, Death and Words : Surprising Tales from a Year in Literature Paperback

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Love, sex, death, boredom, ecstasy, existential angst, political upheaval - the history of literature offers a rich and varied exploration of the human condition across the centuries.

In this absorbing companion to literature's rich past, arranged by days of the year, acclaimed critics and friends Stephen Fender and John Sutherland turn up the most inspiring, enlightening, surprising or curious artefacts that literature has to offer.

Find out why 16 June 1904 mattered so much to Joyce, which great literary love affair was brought to a tragic end on 11 February 1963 and why Roy Campbell punched Stephen Spender on the nose on 14 April 1949 in this sumptuous voyage through the highs and lows of literature's bejewelled past.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary companions
  • ISBN: 9781848312470

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This is one of those books consisting of a short article on a literary anniversary for every day of the year; I have been reading each day's entry for about the last four months.  It's a great concept, but many of the articles are rather banal and cover dates in the lives of minor writers that have only a tenuous link with any of their works; one would think for any given date that a better example might be found.  On a purely subjective note, there have been rather too many minor American authors covered to hold my interest on some dates.  I shall keep reading, though. 3/5