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Page Fright: Foibles and Fetishes of Famous Writers

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A witty round-up of writers' habits that includes all the big names, such as Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Hemingway
At public events readers always ask writers how they write. The process fascinates them. Now they have a very witty book that ranges around the world and throughout history to answer their questions. All the great writers are here — Dickens, dashing off his wor
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Douglas Gibson Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 31, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
This is a writer's treasure trove! In the age of Google, when we can look up anything that strikes our fancy (in fact, the author credits 90% of his research to Google)it is still great to have a single repository that stores all the foibles, fetishes, anecdotes, quotes, habits and frustrations of these driven people working in the world's loneliest and most engaging profession, and cataloged under various subject areas for easy reference.

There is no use of even trying to summarize the sheer num
May 01, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing
When I read the introduction to Page Fright, I laughed out loud, silence in the library be damned. Author Harry Bruce described how British novelist Stephen Fry’s public appearances invariably included the following questions from the audience:

“Do you write in longhand or on a computer?”
“PC or Mac?”
“Which size font do you prefer?”

I laughed because as a published writer, I’ve gotten those questions myself. They’re spawned by the misguided belief that a foolproof formula for guaranteed publicatio
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Aug 13, 2016 Alex Gregory rated it really liked it
This is one of the titles on this site where the reviews are just as overwrought and long-winded as the book itself.

Page Fright is a decent read that takes you through the history of writing and the famous habits of writers. As a resource for seeing how quirky writers can be, it's great, but the material is often so dry and full of minutiae that it becomes a chore to read.

Still, I'd recommend it for anyone who's interested in writing and wants to learn more about what brought it to where it is t
Natasha Tsakiris
Jun 27, 2013 Natasha Tsakiris rated it really liked it
A great book for any writer or lover of literature. Packed with great tips and anecdotes about writing and writers. A little too lengthy at times but funny, inspiring and overall great read in the end.
Mar 29, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Everything I ever wanted to know on how past and present writers work(ed) -- standing up, on rollicking stagecoaches, in the bathtub, full novels straight through in one draft ... it's all there. Definitely recommended.
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Interesting, but just too much of little tidbits of authors' idiosyncacies. Fun in spots!
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