Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara?: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 Of The World's Best-loved Books

Paperback | July 29, 2008

byJenny Bond, Chris Sheedy

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The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations

Before Who the Hell is Pansy O?Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, fascinating details involving fifty of the best-loved books of the Western world.
? When stacked up, the original manuscript of Gone With the Wind stood taller than Margaret Mitchell, its 4' 9 1/2" author
? Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was part of the Allied team that cracked the Nazi?s Enigma code
? Leo Tolstoy?s wife copied War and Peace by hand . . . seven times

From The Great Gatsby to Harper Lee, from Jaws to J. K . Rowling, Who the Hell Is Pansy O?Hara? offers an entertaining and informative journey through the minds of writers and the life experiences that took these amazing works from notion to novel.

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The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations Before Who the Hell is Pansy O?Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reve...

Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy run the freelance journalism company The Hard Word. Their work has been published in The Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Telegraph, Virgin Blue Voyeur, Woman?s Day, TV Week, FHM, and Cleo.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014311364X

ISBN - 13:9780143113645

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the most interesting book! If you've ever wondered about how some of literature's best loved, most lauded, or, in some cases, most notorious books came to be, this is the book for you! The authors have researched, and provide the back stories of 50 of the titles most avid readers have read, or at least heard of. Who were the authors, and what made them write their book? What did the authors have to go through to get their book published? What was the reaction to the book before, and after it was published? Where is the author now? What kind of impact and/or longevity has the book had, and what has it meant to readers since it was published? These are just some of the questions the authors answer about a vast and diverse list of well-known titles such as: -Pride & Prejudice -Winnie the Pooh -Midnight's Children -Catcher in the Rye -1984 - Casino Royale (the first James Bond book) -To Kill a Mockingbird -War and Peace -Harry Potter -Gone with the Wind The authors also give you fascinating little tidbits and details about how many of the books started out differently than we all came to know and love them (the title is one of those tidbits, referring to the original name Margaret Mitchell gave Scarlett O'Hara). Each chapter is short (most under 5 pages) but they are still chock-full of interesting "how the book happened" stories that I just loved! The book is a keeper, as I can see myself referring to it when somebody says: "I wonder how ..." about any of these books and having the answers. Also, it will help you out with any of the Jeopardy categories on "Literature" immensely. Definitely a great read! Highly recommend this if you like behind the scenes stuff.
Date published: 2008-11-07