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The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure

 
 
Author
C.D. Rose, ed. Andrew Gallix, intro.
Publisher Melville House  
Format laminated cover
ISBN 9781612193786
Pages/Publication Date 175/2014
Daedalus Item Code 59082
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Compiling more than 51 of history's most notable cases of authors suffering a complete lack of literary success, this darkly comic, decidedly erudite little tome profiles the greatest writers who never made it into the literary canon. From Hans Kafka, whose entire literary output (even "the grotesque story of a beetle who is transformed into a man") was obscured by that of his neighbor Franz, to Otha Orkkut, the last known speaker of Cimbrian, whose entire output was written in that language and can no longer be read, C.D. Rose has gleaned tantalizing traces of their forgotten oeuvres from lost or otherwise ignored archives scattered around the globe, as well as the occasional attic and dustbin.

"A series of clever (and occasionally hilarious) literary vignettes.... Rose makes highly literate and arcane references to a vast number of authors and literary theoreticians, and it's great fun for the reader to become part of the game."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
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