|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2017|
Exploring the intersections between books of all kinds and the history of the Western world over 3,000 years, Oliver Tearle dusts off some of the more neglected items to be found hidden among the bookshelves of the past. Among the literary figures here, Tearle introduces the forgotten Victorian novelist who outsold Dickens, the woman who became America's first published poet, and the eccentric traveler who introduced the table-fork to England. Leafing through a variety of novels, plays, travel guides, cookbooks, joke books, and sports almanacs, Tearle answers such queries as: What links Homer's Iliad to Aesop's Fables? Or Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to the creator of Sherlock Holmes?