In Search of the World's Worst Writers

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9780002740944: In Search of the World's Worst Writers

The world over, everyone enjoys the great classics of the English language. In Search of the World’s Worst Writers has nothing to do with this!

This book is a celebration of bad writing; a journey into the lives of writers so wonderfully awful, they have unwittingly arrived at genius from the other direction.

From Canada comes James McIntyre the famous cheese poet, while the Duchess of Newcastle was, in the author’s words, ‘that rare gem, a truly bad writer’. When Solyman Brown turned to poetry he obviously heeded the advice given to most authors – ‘write about what you know’. Unfortunately, in Solyman’s case, this meant teeth as he was the owner of a dental supply store.

The result is very funny and a highly original book.

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There are many writers whose works inspire and lift us, who move us to tears with their beauty, elegance and profundity.

This book is not about them.

No, this is a celebration of bad writing; a journey into the lives of writers so wonderfully awful, they have unwittingly arrived at genius from the other direction.

Those featured include:
• Solyman Brown and his epic poem on dental hygiene
• Samuel Wesley, who wrote poems including, 'On a Cow's Tail' and 'A Supper of Stinking Ducks'
• Joseph Gwyer, the self appointed poet laureate and potato salesman.
• James McIntyre, a Canadian writer whose poems were mainly about cheese.

The result of this trawl through these long-forgotten works of excruciating genius is a very funny and highly original book. Like their more illustrious colleagues, the work of these writers is entertaining, amusing, memorable and even tear-jerking.

Just for all the wrong reasons.

About the Author:

Nick Page is a professional writer and performer. He has previously had successes with KEEP IT SIMPLE, THE TABLOID BIBLE, TABLOID SHAKESPEARE and THE DEAD SEA FILES.

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