Madame Bovary, C'est Moi
The Great Characters of Literature and Where They Came from
By (author) Andre Bernard
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Madame Bovary, C'est Moi by Andre Bernard
Book DescriptionA delightful compendium of wit and information, this book takes us on a casual stroll through literary history as the world's most successful writers sought just the right name, or just the right tone, or just the right prop, for the hero or heroine of their works. How did Nero Wolfe in Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout end up with the name of a Roman emperor? Was Tolstoy's Anna Karenina based on a real person? Why was Hercule Poirot, the great inspector in the mysteries of Agatha Christie, a Belgian rather than a Frenchman? Why was Long John Silver missing a foot? Under what circumstances did J. R. R. Tolkien conceive of a "hobbit"? In this charming collection of anecdotes, we are taken to the very heart of the mystery of literary creation. For as Virginia Woolf once wrote, "If the characters are real the novel will have a chance."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393051810
(185mm x 134mm x 17mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Andre Bernard
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From Harold Acton to Zog I, from Mao to Madonna, Bartlett's BOOK OF ANECDOTES is a collection of more than 4,000 entries and the best source for anecdotes ever published.
Wreck of the Whaleship Essex, Hardback (August 1999)
The incredible sea adventure that inspired "Moby Dick" is recounted by one ofits few survivors. 2 maps. 8-page photo insert.
Now All We Need is a Title, Paperback (March 1997)» View all books by Andre Bernard
"An entertaining little book... It is a good thing that writers have to keep struggling for the right title, to judge from Bernard's amusing evidence."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
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Author Biography - Andre Bernard
Andre Bernard is the trade publisher of Harcourt, a regular columnist for The American Scholar, and the author of Now All We Need Is a Title.
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