Mental Floss: The Curious Reader

A Literary Miscellany of Novels & Novelists


Written By: Erin McCarthy and the team at Mental Floss

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Readers rejoice! From Mental Floss, an online destination for more than a billion curious minds since its founding in 2001, comes the ultimate book for lovers of literature. From Americanah to War and Peace, from Chinua Achebe and Jane Austen to Jesmyn Ward and George R.R. Martin, learn surprising facts about the world’s most famous novels and novelists.

The Curious Reader will delight bookworms everywhere. This literary compendium from Mental Floss reveals fascinating facts about the world’s most famous authors and their literary works. Readers will learn about George Orwell’s near-death experience during the writing of 1984; meet the real man who may have inspired Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy; discover which famous author kept her husband’s heart after he passed away; and learn about the influence of psychedelics on Dune. The Curious Reader also contains the most-loved book-related articles from 20 years of Mental Floss, including “Cat-Loving Writers,” “Famous Authors’ Unfinished Manuscripts,” “Literary Characters Based on Real People,” and “Books You Didn’t Know Were Self-Published.”

This literary miscellany is certain to inspire book lovers, aspiring writers, students, and teachers alike to discover a diverse selection of curated literary works—leading to an expansion of their library!
Format: Hardbound
Published on: 5/4/2021
ISBN: 9781681887555
Pages: 288
Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.5

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About Erin McCarthy: The editor-in-chief of MentalFloss.com since 2017, Erin McCarthy has been shaping the site’s content for nearly a decade. She hosts The List Show and Throwback on Mental Floss’s YouTube channel and was the executive producer and host of its History Vs. Theodore Roosevelt podcast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Sean and their two cats, Pearl and Oliver.


About Mental Floss: Since its founding in a Duke University dorm room in 2001, Mental Floss has reached more than 1 billion readers with smart, quirky content presented in a witty, upbeat voice. Our New York City-based team of editors and writers—as well as our worldwide network of contributors—answers life’s big questions, uncovers fascinating facts, and finds stories so interesting that our readers absolutely must share them.

Mental Floss has won four Webby Awards (including a People’s Choice Webby in 2020), been nominated for an ASME award, and published 15 books, five board games, and a fact-of-the-day calendar. We reach more than 19 million users per month across our site, social media accounts, and popular YouTube channel.

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