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Under the Covers and Between the Sheets
The Inside Story Behind Classic Characters, Authors, Unforgettable Phrases, and Unexpected Endings

By C. Alan Joyce and Sarah Janssen

Subject: History
Hardcover | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8
US$14.95 | CAN$15.95
Publication Date: 2009-10-15
ISBN: 9781606520345
Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting—and often scandalous—facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle-Earth to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, Under the Covers and Between the Sheets includes sections such as:
  • You Don't Say: Commonly used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction—sometimes with very different meanings
  • Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the world's most cherished fairy tales—Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and more
  • Hip to Be Square: Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them
  • Anthropomorphized Characters: The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures"
  • Time to Make the Doughnuts: Odd jobs of famous authors
  • Parental Guidance Suggested: Dahl's short stories, Seuss's political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children's authors
  • The Long Con: Shocking (and sometimes shockingly long-lived) literary hoaxes: Frey, JT Leroy, The Education of Little Tree, The Day After Roswell, etc.
  • Science Fiction, Science Fact: If alien monoliths are ever found on the moon, the safer bet is that they would be translucent crystal; Sir Arthur C. Clarke is celebrated for making accurate predictions of various technologies years ahead of their time. A look at which of his predictions held true and the same feats of other authors.
  • Screen Test: The truth about great works of fiction and the odd challenges that had to be surmounted to bring them to the silver screen

Author:

C. Alan Joyce is the Editorial Director for World Almanac Books, serving as chief editor for the #1 bestselling The World Almanac and Book of Facts. He created the new World Almanac blog in 2006, and continues to oversee its daily publishing schedule. Alan was previously a freelance writer and editor, with years of experience in reference publishing—and a lifelong addiction to reference books of all kinds. He is the former Executive Editor of The New York Times Almanac and The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge.