A trivia guide for passionate readers, About the Author offers insider information on America's favorite writers, from Margery Allingham to Evelyn Waugh, from Michael Crichton to Charles Dickens. It gives background on the lives of the writers, what they did before becoming writers, facts about their fans, quirky tidbits, and recommendations for what to read next. Chosen for their popularity, their staying power, and the intensity of their following, this amazing range of writers will appeal to all types of readers. Find out what movies and television shows were adapted from their novels, how they decided to become writers, what the Nobel Prize for literature did for some, and what being an Oprah selection did for others. In addition, About the Author includes lists galore: from Pulitzers to fan clubs, from bestseller lists to book conventions, from reading groups to CD-ROMs. About the Author offers an engaging feast of information that any book lover will find hard to put down. Hailed as "The Great Communicator" by the New York Times, Alfred Glossbrenner is a freelance writer and author of some forty books on personal computers and other topics. Emily Glossbrenner has written numerous books and has just completed Search Engines for the World Wide Web. The authors live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Cader Books has created and produced more than 170 books. Among Cader bestsellers are Brush Up Your Shakespeare! and The Book of Questions: Love and Sex. A Michael Cader Book
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Who was the inspiration for the character of Rhett Butler? Where can I find Terry McMillan's tips for a book-promotion campaign? How old was Issac Asimov when he graduated from high school? With its entertaining blend of trivia, biographical facts, and reading recommendations, About the Author provides information on all your favorite writers and their books. Arranged alphabetically, the authors get a full two pages each, including dates of major life events, related Web sites and fan clubs, a full list of titles, and personal inspirations that can give you new ideas for other books to discover. Is Wally Lamb your favorite author? Since some of his favorites are Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, and John Updike, maybe you should give some of their books a try. Several generations are covered here, and all genres, including C.S. Lewis, Zora Neale Hurston, Mario Puzo, and Patricia Cornwell. You say you've worked your way through all these books already? Well, check out the "What Else to Read" section at the back--these pages cover award-winning titles, bestsellers, and "Top 25" lists assembled by universities, fan Web sites, and professional organizations devoted to specific genres. College students who consider themselves well-read will be surprised at how many Pulitzer Prize winners they're unfamiliar with. The list of banned books may be just the thing to get your teen reading regularly. A terrific guidebook for literature lovers, it even has a listing of regional events related to books and reading, as well as contact information for major publishers and booksellers. Read this book with pen and paper in hand; you're sure to have a reading list several pages long by the time you've finished. --Jill LightnerFrom the Publisher:
Authors profiled in About the Author: Margery Allingham Jeffrey Archer Isaac Asimov Margaret Atwood Jean Auel Jane Austen James Baldwin Anne Beattie Saul Bellow Maeve Binchy T. C. Boyle Ray Bradbury Lilian Jackson Braun William S. Burroughs A. S. Byatt Truman Capote Caleb Carr Lewis Carroll Raymond Chandler John Cheever Agatha Christie Tom Clancy Mary Higgins Clark Joseph Conrad Pat Conroy Patricia Cornwell Michael Crichton Don DeLillo Charles Dickens E. L. Doctorow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Daphne du Maurier Ralph Ellison Louise Erdrich William Faulkner F. Scott Fitzgerald Penelope Fitzgerald Richard Ford C. S. Forester E. M. Forster Dick Francis Gabriel Garcia Marquez William Gibson William Goldman Sue Grafton John Grisham Dashiell Hammett Thomas Harris Robert Heinlein Joseph Heller Mark Helprin Ernest Hemingway Tony Hillerman Zora Neale Hurston John Irving Henry James P. D. James Robert Jordan James Joyce Jan Karon Garrison Keillor Stephen King Barbara Kingsolver Dean Koontz Wally Lamb Louis L'Amour D. H. Lawrence John Le Carre Elmore Leonard C. S. Lewis Robert Ludlum Alison Lurie John D MacDonald Norman Mailer Bernard Malamud Carson McCullers Colleen McCullough Alice McDermott Terry McMillan Larry McMurtry Herman Melville James A Michener Sue Miller Margaret Mitchell Toni Morrison Vladimir Nabokov V. S. Naipaul Joyce Carol Oates Patrick O'Brian Rosamund Pilcher E. Annie Proulx Mario Puzo Thomas Pynchon Ayn Rand Anne Rice Philip Roth J. K. Rowling J. D. Salinger Dorothy L Sayers Sidney Sheldon Anne Rivers Siddons Isaac Bashevis Singer Jane Smiley Danielle Steel Wallace Stegner John Steinbeck William Styron Amy Tan J. R. R. Tolkien Leo Tolstoy Scott Turow Mark Twain Anne Tyler John Updike Gore Vidal Kurt Vonnegut Alice Walker Evelyn Waugh Rebecca Wells Edith Wharton P.G. Wodehouse Thomas Wolfe Tom Wolfe Virginia Woolf Richard Wright
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