I bought Secret Lives of Great Authors as soon as it was released. Instead of reading in one sitting, I chose to read it slowly. So, Secret Lives of Great Authorswas constantly relocating at a bedside table and in my library. The interesting thing is that even though I have finished the book, I found myself reading it over and over again. As you understand, the Secret Lives of Great Authors will be enjoyed many times by the reader.
One reason for this is that the guests who come to your home (if they have a remote or close relationship with the books) should definitely examine the Secret Lives of Great Authors. People enjoy taking a minute or two because it is not a novel and contains little information, and they are so much fun. At least, I can say that this was what I observed in my home. At the same time, the Secret Lives of Great Authors is a great conversation opener.
One of the reasons I visit the Secret Lives of Great Authors frequently is because of my desire to read a few pages about its author before I start reading a book. There are a total of 41 authors in this book. Since I cannot keep in mind which authors I have, I always take a look at the book, and while at it, I find myself reading it, albeit briefly. In that respect, I can say that it is a book that I enjoy very much.
There is standard information about each of the 41 authors in the Secret Lives of Great Authors. Date of birth and death, nationality, zodiac sign, most essential works, contemporaries and competitors, literary style and a quote. The following pages also contain exciting information about the authors. If you are already very interested in many authors, you have already heard some of the information contained here, but I am sure there are a few things you have not heard. The Secret Lives of Great Writers is a fun book and an excellent book to have at home for many reasons. Enjoy!
Secret Lives of Great Authors
Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends.
With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls? Is it true that J. D. Salinger drank his own urine? How many women?and men? Did Lord Byron actually sleep with? And why was Ayn Rand such a big fan of Charlie’s Angels? Classic literature was never this much fun in school!
Robert Schnakenberg (born March 19, 1969) is a self-styled “author and raconteur” from Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for writing biographical comic books, as well as a series of popular reference books about entertainment, sports, and world history.
Schnakenberg began his career in the early 1990s as the head writer for Personality Comics, an independent publisher specializing in biographical comic books. He authored more than 50 comic books under a variety of pseudonyms, including the popular Spoof Comics parodies Fantastic Femmes and X-Babes. He created the superheroine Headlights and authored the groundbreaking AIDS awareness superhero comic Healthman. His 1992 comic book Soul Trek, a humorous mash-up of Star Trek and Soul Train, is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Uncut Funk, a virtual museum “dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the Funk.”
Schnakenberg’s artistic collaborators during this period included Allan Jacobsen, Adam Pollina, Ron Joseph, Ken Becker, Garrett Berner, Keith Quinn, Scott Harrison, and Kirk Lindo. Schnakenberg also wrote sports comics for Personality’s main competitor, Revolutionary Comics.
After retiring from comic book publishing in 1994, Schnakenberg returned to the field in 2010 as a freelance contributor for the biographical comic book company Bluewater Productions. He authored the popular Michelle Obama: Year One comic along with biographies of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, telejournalist Barbara Walters, and others.
Schnakenberg is the subject of a forthcoming monograph entitled Lunacy and Sorrow: The Life and Art of Robert Schnakenberg, to be published in 2021 by SUNY/Brockport University Press.
Since the mid-1990s, Schnakenberg has worked primarily as a writer and self-described “intellectual gadabout” covering topics in sports, entertainment, and history. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Encyclopedia Shatnerica (an A-to-Z reference about the life and career of William Shatner), Christopher Walken A-to-Z, and the New York Times bestseller The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray. His 2010 book, Old Man Drinks, was praised for evoking “the simple, timeless aspects of masculine drinking culture.”
In 2014, after a period of self-imposed “exile” from traditional publishing, Schnakenberg re-emerged using the “kid-friendly alter ego” David Stabler. Stabler’s first book for children, Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents, was published in October 2014. Between 2015 and 2018. Schnakenberg wrote four more books in the series using the Stabler persona.
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