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Bill Peschel on the Wildness of Writers
February 5, 2011 - 10:30am


Bill Peschel is the author of Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes, from Penguin Perigee.

The story of how George Bernard Shaw lost his virginity to an older woman—an affair that ended in betrayal and tears—inspired Bill Peschel to collect stories about great writers at their best and worst. In 200 extensively-researched stories and anecdotes, Bill dishes the goods about authors such as Shakespeare, Upton Sinclair, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Edith Wharton, and Norman Mailer (who must have been easy material).

Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You) calls it “absolutely and totally wonderful.”

In this podcast Bill has created a soundtrack for Writers Gone Wild, inspired by notable authors. Click here to listen (archived at Bill’s own site).


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