Love, sex, death, boredom, ecstasy, existential angst, political upheaval - a rich and varied exploration of the history of literature
In this absorbing companion to literature's rich past, arranged by days of the year, acclaimed critics and friends John Sutherland and Stephen Fender turn up the most inspiring, enlightening, surprising and curious artefacts literature has to offer.
Why did 16 June 1904 matter so much to James Joyce? Which great literary love affair was brought to a tragic end on 11 February 1963? And why did Roy Campbell punch Stephen Spender on the nose on 14 April 1949?
Love, Sex, Death and Words provides an unrivalled, sumptuous voyage through the highs and lows of literature's bejewelled past.
About the Author
John Sutherland is a pre-eminent literary figure - combining erudition and historical research with a taste for the modern and the new. He is the recently retired Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at UCL, a past Chairman of the Booker Prize panel and the author of one of the standard texts on Victorian fiction.
Stephen Fender was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford and in the UK in Wales and Manchester. He has taught in the States, in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, and in England at London and Sussex, where he was head of American Studies from 1985 to 2003. He now lives in Dulwich, south London.
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