Stranger Than Fiction: A Book of Literary Lists

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Did you know that Arnold Bennett died of typhoid after drinking a glass of Paris tap water to show that it was safe? That Voltaire would get rid of boring house guests by pretending to faint? Or that Raymond Chandler was inspired to write by watching his wife do the housework in the nude? It's all here and more in over 300 fantastic and fascinating literary lists, including authors who wrote standing up, writers who couldn't spell, classic literary ripostes and insults, romances, bizarre dedications, eccentric behavior, discarded titles for famous works, last words, writers' day jobs and hobbies, unusual work habits, sexual peccadilloes, strange deaths, unintended double entendres from the classics, bad reviews of future classics, literary feuds, lost manuscripts, writers and their pets, writers who were spies, writers who stammered...

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