I'll tell you one thing; rock n rollers aren't the only ones who've dabbled into excess! Keith Richards has nothing over Edgar Allan Poe or Oscar Wilde. Lord Byron and Charles Baudelaire were indulging in shocking behavior long before Elvis ever shook his pelvis on television.
Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors by Andrew Shaffer is a delightful literary romp through a rogue's gallery of Western Literature's most famous misbehavers. We learn how Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald fueled the Jazz Age on gin fumes. We get a nice summary of the Marquis de Sade's literary and literal debauchery. Hemingway had issues, Truman Capote partied more than he wrote, Dorothy Parker could make a longshoreman blush, and Hunter S. Thompson truly takes the excess cake.
This fun book is like a compilation of gossip page headlines for the literary set. Fact filled, fun, and eye opening, this collection of short bio's will be a true hair of the dog for lovers of good literature and the people who wrote it.
Submitted by Dan@Central