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Viaţa secretă a marilor scriitori

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Pornind de la William Shakespeare şi ajungând până la Thomas Pynchon, Viaţa secretă a marilor scriitori ne prezintă o serie de portrete scandaloase şi necenzurate ale scriitorilor celebri, încercând să abordeze toate întrebările dificile pe care profesorii de liceu se tem să le pună: Care-i treaba cu Lewis Carroll şi fetiţele? E adevărat că J. D. Salinger își bea propria u ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2017 by Art (first published 2008)
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Madeline
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and highly educational. If you've ever thought to yourself, "hey, I wonder how many famous authors had really freaky sex lives?" (answer: a lot) then this is the book for you.
Here's some other useful tidbits of information I learned from this book, all of which I'll be sure to bring up in every English class I ever take from now on:

-Lord Byron kept snippets of his girlfriends' pubic hair in envelopes. And he had a lot of girlfriends (250 in Venice in one year alone).
-The Bronte si
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Viktoria
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So according to this book, most authors were drunks, drug addicts, adulterers, crazy and depressed. Boy do I have a long way to go!
Jodi
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-read
Secret Lives of Great Authors is the kind of book that you should read in the company of others. It’s filled with odd bits of trivia that you want to share with someone the instant you read them, and without sharing the trivia seems to fly right out of your head.

I was going to come here and write all kinds of witty little things about all the secrets that I learned while reading the book and it seems that I have forgotten a lot of them. The overall impression that I got from this book is that wr
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Beauty Mary
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
I found the book very enojoyable, but the whole time I felt like something was missing. There were many fun facts about some authors that I’ve heard about before. It was an easy book, easy to read and easy to finish. The things I liked the most were the funny illustrations and the irony that not only made me laugh, but also did not mock the authors that bad.
X-Emilia-The-Witch-Lover-X
Oh how Scandalous!!!
I shall never look at my literary idols the same way... actually I think I admire them more because of this frank and informative book.
3rd in the series I have read and still very enjoyable and amusing, keep um comin!
7/10
Simay Yildiz
If you're a literary nerd, this book is definitely for you. Beware, though, because if you already like to do research about authors like myself, there will be things in here that you already know. Having said that, there are also things that I've never heard of before. It's such a quick read where you can read one author's story, put the book down and then pick it up again later. Insightful and humorous, it reminded me that my favorite authors have flaws (some of which are BIG!), but it just ma ...more
Richard Martin
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read on a favorite topic. The entry for each author begins with a checklist of information including nationality, Zodiac sign, major works, contemporaries & rivals, and literary style. The remainder is a collection of "secrets" of his/her life. Humorous illustrations help bring them to life. A definite must on my reread list.
Tamy K
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I want more of these!!
Caitlin
This is the perfect book for getting yourself out of a reading (and writing) rut. Featuring fascinating facts about the lives of well-known authors made me want to read their work, especially the lesser-known works that fall off the standard canon, as well as realising these people were just as flawed as we are today.

Naturally with any collection like this, there are big decisions made as to who is included and who isn’t (and this is briefly touched on in the introduction) however I would say t
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Chibineko
I picked this up the other day & I've been enjoying it ever since. The layout of each chapter being a different author or set of authors is nice, since it makes for a good bathroom book or a nice book to read before you go to sleep. I'm not sure if all of the facts are true (as said by one of the other reviewers), but they make for good reading.

My only complaint is that the book is set up very strangely. The book's pages are rather thick & stiff, which puts me at constant fear of the sp
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Soobie's scared
The most important thing to say about this book: it's the perfect bathroom reading!

Apart from this. I picked this up because I was curious but while I was reading I realized that I didn't want to know half of the stuff that was written on it. I realized that everyone is entitled to have is one weirdness and no one should make fun of it.

Yeah, maybe that was the problem: the tone in which the author described his little trivia. It was as if he felt himself to be too superior to every one else an
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Matt
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gossip porn for literary nerds.
Matt
delicious fun for a literary junkie as myself.
Bogdan Balostin
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library-1
The first merit of this book is that it made me want to read some classics that somehow I missed in high school or were not mandatory. Speaking of that, American readers will appreciate The Secret Lives of Great Authors more than me because the vast majority of these great authors are more than likely studied in US high schools. I didn't have the chance to read most of the literary masterpieces presented here although I have heard of them.

From time to time I'll take a break from reading SF&F
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Al
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salacious or irreverent? Over-the-top or merely saucy? Your reaction to “Secret Lives of Great Authors” will largely hinge on your own perspective of how we should view the so-called “great writers.” (The 41 authors are so well known that you recognize them by their last names—Shakespeare, Poe, Tolstoy, Woolf, Kafka, Sartre, Hemingway, Salinger, etc.) Does a book like this increase your empathy for these authors as folks who are just like us with their share of human foibles? Or does it so knock ...more
L I Z Z I
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who would’ve thought so many great authors were so adulterous, racist, socialist, suicidal, and downright perverted! This book proves the notion that you have to be at least a little eccentric to be a groundbreaking writer.

A fun, easy to read, informative, and uncensored collection. Knowing all these authors’ backstories made me appreciate the authors I already love, and despise others. And it introduced me to writers I am now interested in, as well as spurred me to avoid others.

I docked it a s
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Karen
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, humor, meta
Entertaining read, although I do think the examples chosen for the cover were a bit tasteless. Schnakenberg makes an attempt to convey the essence of each author and doesn't just trot out the humorous and salacious. The editing could have used a little work--there was the occasional awkwardness and one outright error due to misinterpretation (Mark Twain did not do standup in front of a queen who died two centuries before he was born!)
Vivi
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one page presentations were quite well chosen and catchy for each writer. The focus is on the hidden/ obscure/scandalous, but that is exactly what the title tells you, so no disappointment there. Throughout the book, the focus is more in the author than on the works, which I think, could be improved, as in making the reader want to read more of what these authors became famous for.
Alexandra
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Funny, but chaotic. There was no clear structure, the authors being described randomly and jumping from one period to another, or from one style to another. Furthermore, the choice of some of the authors is questionable, some of them cannot be considered between "the greatest", in my opinion.
John
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good party book to read with your literary (and hedonistic) friends. It's sensationalized, lurid and (hopefully) true tabloid style tales. It just reiterates the myth that many "artists' were freaks in some form or another.
Rachel Dows
Good not great. Lots of fun facts, some not so interesting facts, some information that I thought was already widespread.
Estelle (phank)
This book fills me with such a desire to start a literary meme page
Kate Hampton
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Jessica Maybury
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This! Is! So! Good!
stastna_karolina
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7/10

If you are interested in the secret lives of the world's most famous writers and want to read some of the gossips about their lives - this is a book for you. Written in a tabloid-like form, it is not very serious and really easy to read.

Madeleine
I've been needing something light and entertaining, and this proved to be a nearly perfect break from the long-term (but so far still worth it!) undertaking that is "Gravity's Rainbow." My dwindling sanity was grateful for a quick and easy read that didn't require running to the internet every fifteen lines to decode another reference to obscure '40s pop culture.

"Secret Lives" gets major points for illuminating the less savory and just plain weird personality quirks/flaws of a host of writers w
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Vanessa
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pros: Informative and extensively researched (given that you believe everything written in this book despite a daunting lack of sources). The colors are uniform and bright, and the way information is organized is visually stunning and consistent. Gives great biographical and historical context on writers and their major works.

Cons (there are a lot of them): The grammar is horrendous. The sections are brimming with comma splices, missing periods, missing spaces, and, in at least one sentence, mis
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Katrina
This book was a snapshot of various authors through history and included brief outlines of their lives and their supposedly scandalous secrets that "your teachers never told you about"

I'm not so sure teachers would bother keeping this all a secret but whatever. Its mostly affairs and drugs.

so it kinda started off ok - some authors were definitely more interesting then others. Learnt alot of random facts. Got a bit of a negative vibe from it because it seemed to focus on the bad points in the aut
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Lis
The snarky tone is a bit off-putting--don't read the section titles, in particular! The Jack Kerouac entry is a long list of bad riffs on "On the Road"--the best being "On the Right" about Kerouac's conservative leanings. However, I was searching for inaccuracies, and the only one I could find was the misnaming of Otto Plath as a respected etymologist rather than an entomologist (he was an expert on bees).

Some authors I wish this had covered: Vladimir Nabokov, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, E
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jennifer
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a brief bio and explanation of why an author became famous, or even, iconic, their chapter is broken up into smaller sections of juicy gossip involving serious character flaws, kinks, scandals or just the unearthing of little-known facts. Who knew that Oscar Wilde's teeth were black due to mercury treatment, that H.G. Wells met and liked Stalin or that Tolkien was known around Oxford for trying to force other cars off the road? And Agatha Christie's father was American, which is something ...more
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Robert Schnakenberg has been called "the Howard Zinn of nerd pop culture." He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Old Man Drinks, Christopher Walken A-to-Z, Secret Lives of Great Authors, and the New York Times bestseller The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray. His work has appeared in Penthouse.
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