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

John Sutherland and Stephen Fender
# UL0692 Paperback, 512 pages; 2011
$16.95 $11.87
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I'm a sucker for "this day in history" trivia, so of course my heart soared when this illuminating little book crossed my desk. Offering 366 reading-related occasions to mark each day of the year (including February 29), Love, Sex, Death and Words runs from January 1 (the date in 1988 when a perpetual copyright was granted for J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan) to December 31 (Richard Yates's 1961 novel Revolutionary Road was published), with insightful stops every day in between. On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for The Satanic Verses; on March 5, 1750, Shakespeare's work was first performed in America; on July 27, 1935, FDR created the Federal Writers' Project; on October 15, 1953, Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature (really!)...and more. Read one short entry each day, or flip through to explore random dates to your heart's content. True-bleu bibliophiles will relish this voyage through literary history! (KG)
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