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Literary Lives

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Award-winning caricaturist Edward Sorel uses his distinctive style to illustrate the strange and eccentric lives of ten iconic literary figures.

Literary Lives features the brief, unauthorized biographies of ten larger-than-life literary figures: Tolstoy, Sartre, Eliot, Proust, Yeats, Brecht, Jung, Rand, Mailer, and Hellman. Amusing and sometimes hard to believe (but always
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Bloomsbury USA
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Rowan McBride
So... Learned some stuff about a few authors that I never learned in school. A bit scarred. Hopefully in a good way.

Mike Jensen
Jun 12, 2011 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
It is as hard to dislike this is book as it is to defend it. Sorel presents mini-biographies of 10 renowned writers who lived strange and sometimes despicable lives. There is little about their greatness because Sorel concentrates in their most reprehensible behavior. Aspects of each life are beautifully illustrated and clearly told, but the book is a hatefest of the talented unworthy. On the other hand, it is fun to read, hard to put down, and assuming if is accurate. I learned some new tawdry ...more
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Oct 20, 2015 Blue Cypress Books rated it it was ok
Lord, that was depressing.
John Mccormack
Jun 04, 2014 John Mccormack rated it it was amazing
Old school literary TMZ.
May 09, 2014 Arielle rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who want quick snippets without longterm commitment
This book is a little difficult to take seriously. It's good in that it's a quick introduction into the lives of some literary giants. It's a gateway book to larger biographies and such, but not much positive is revealed about them. It's a speedy takedown piece with adultery, murder, and anger problems--complete with speedy drawings to drive home the poor behavior. Some positivity sprinkled here and there would have been nice. A quick quick read.
Nov 17, 2011 Logan rated it really liked it
Within each of these genius writers, there exists a huge asshole. These brief biographies (about 8 panels each) are as funny as they are informative. Incredibly quick read. Easy to finish in 15 minutes.
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Jan 07, 2012 Passive Apathetic rated it liked it
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I love my critics/cartoonists grumpy, intentionally ill-intentioned towards literary men and determined to be unsatisfied with geniuses. Therefore this book was a great fun to look at and read.
D. Rae
Feb 10, 2013 D. Rae rated it it was amazing
Literary Lives is an irreverent book of cartoons skewering literary icons. My only complaint is that it is far too short; I would have preferred it were ten time longer.
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Aug 18, 2010 Sidik Fofana rated it really liked it
SIX WORD REVIEW: Lesson: writers are crazy, egocentric, sexaholics.
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