2004, English, Book edition: The polysyllabic spree / by Nick Hornby. Hornby, Nick, (author.)

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Physical Description
  • 143 pages ; 22 cm.
Published
  • San Francisco, Calif. : Believer Books, c2004.
  • San Francisco, CA : Believer Books, a division of McSweeney's, [2004]
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • The polysyllabic spree /​ by Nick Hornby.
Uniform Title
  • Essays. Selections
Also Titled
  • Subtitle on cover: A hilarious and true account of one man's struggle with the monthly tide of books he's bought and the books he's been meaning to read
  • Believer (San Francisco, Calif.). Selections.
Author
  • Hornby, Nick, (author.)
Other Authors
  • Hornby, Nick, 1957-. Essays.
  • The Believer magazine.
  • McSweeney's (Firm)
Published
  • San Francisco, Calif. : Believer Books, c2004.
  • San Francisco, CA : Believer Books, a division of McSweeney's, [2004]
Copyright
  • ©2004.
Content Types
  • text
Carrier Types
  • volume
Physical Description
  • 143 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • A hilarious and true account of one man's struggle with the monthly tide of the books he's bought and the books he's been meaning to read.
Contents
  • September 2003. Stocking up in Hay-on-Wye ; Polishing off an author's oeuvre in a week ; A new thriller from the brother-in-law
  • October 2003. Bad football grammar ; John McEnroe as Holden Caulfield ; The Dickens-standard for the appropriate length of a literary biography
  • November 2003. Football season cripples the pace ; The Larry David-Richard Yates connection ; Plot-busting blurbs ; Literary hoaxaphilia
  • December 2003/​January 2004. Rescinding and refunding a previous recommendation ; The impossibility of reading a Victorian novel in Los Angeles ; A balanced fictional diet
  • An excerpt from George and Sam : Charlotte Moore is frank about the hardships of raising autistic children, but she's still managed to write the funniest book of the year
  • February 2004. An edible poem ; Mandarin writers vs. vernacular ones ; The futility of moving the pram from the hall
  • March 2004. Reconciling the holidays with a new agenda ; Reading vouchers ; The Cultural Fantasy Boxing League.
  • April 2004. The distaste of one's own cooking (and writing) ; Amazon reviewers ; A nonfictional gangland less fun but more entertaining than the real one
  • May 2004. Following through on the Dickens promise ; A retort to spareness ; Computer-animated classics ; Weedy young women
  • An excerpt from David Copperfield : this passage from "Dickens's Hamlet" extends well beyond its plot-function in order to hear more from a guy who shouts "Goroo!" a lot
  • June 2004. The benefits of peeking into tortured lives ; Bad literature parties vs. rocking gangster parties ; Contraception
  • July 2004. Reading begets reading in strange and unscientific ways ; Comics clash with classics ; Lascivious emails
  • August 2004. The good pop novel ; Suicidal authors of abstract works ; Vulgar narrative tendencies
  • September 2004. An unnamed literary novel ; An unnamed literary biography ; Blockbusters ; Finger-steepling and sharks (in the same book)
  • October 2004. Sex with cousins ; Instant classics ; The impossibility of reading it all
  • An excerpt from Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky : looking to fly from Dickens to Martin Amis with just one overnight stop? Patrick Hamilton is your man
  • November 2004. The insane capriciousness of the average critic ; The well-stocked bookshelf finally pays off ; When innovations stop looking like mistakes
  • An excerpt from A Life in Letters : useful advice, and tough love, from A. Chekhov.
Notes
  • "A collection of fourteen months of his essays from The believer magazine"--Cover.
  • Includes index.
Other Form
  • Online version Hornby, Nick. Polysyllabic spree. San Francisco, CA : Believer Books, c2004
Language
  • English
ISBN
  • 1932416242 (pbk.)
  • 9781932416244
Dewey Number
  • 809
  • 810.9/​006
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