Rock stars, rappers, and actors haven't always had a monopoly on misbehaving. There was a time when authors fought with both words and fists, a time when poets were the ones living fast and dying young. This witty, insightful and wildly enterntaining narrative profiles the literary greats who wrote generation-defining classics such as The Great Gatsby and On the Road while living and loving like hedonistic rock icons, who were as likely to go on epic benders as they were to hit the bestslller lists. Kiterary Rogues turns back the clock to consider these historical (and, in some cases, living) legends, including Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bret Easton Ellis. Brimmming with fascinating research, Literary Rogues is part nostalgia, part literary analysis, and a wholly raucous celebration of brilliant writers and their occasionally troubled legacies - Publisher's description.
The vice lord: Sade The opium addict: Coleridge The pope of dope: De Quincy The apostle of affliction: Byron The Romantics: the Shelleys American Gothic: Poe The Realists: Balzac, Flaubert, and Sand The fleshly school: Baudelaire The French decadents: Rimbaud and Verlaine The English decadents: Wilde and Dowson The lost generation: the Fitzgeralds Flapper verse: Parker and Millay Bullfighting and bullshit: Hemingway The Southern gentleman: Faulkner Deaths and entrances: Thomas The beat generation: Kerouac and Ginsberg Junky: Burroughs Dead poets society: Berryman and Sexton The merry pranksters: Kesey The new journalists: Mailer and Capote Freak power: Thompson The workshop: Cheever and Carver The toxic twins: McInerney and Ellis Prozac nation: Wurtzel The bad boy of American letters: Frey Postscript: where have all the cowboys gone?