Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles

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Based on the author's long-running column in London's Sunday Telegraph, this diverting book offers literary history in bite sizes, presenting surprising details on each of 50 classic work's genesis and composition. Emphasizing books that are literally inexplicable without this background knowledge, the book covers iconic works from Thomas Moore's Utopia to Joyce's Ulysses. Along the way readers learn what Wordsworth's Prelude was a prelude to, the identity of the original Jeeves, why A Clockwork Orange wasn't A Robotic Banana, and much more.

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Gary Dexter is the writer of a long-running column for the Sunday Telegraph.

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Gary Dexter's book about the genesis of titles is a model of erudition lightly worn, offering 50 illuminating and often amusing morsels of literary history (seasoned with informed speculation.)

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