Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought)

by Kathleen Krull

Hardcover, 1994



Local notes

920 Kru



Harcourt Children's Books (1994), Edition: 1, 96 pages


The lives of twenty writers, ranging from Dickens, the Brontes, and Poe to Twain, Sandburg, and Langston Hughes, are profiled in this humorous and informative collection.

Original language


Physical description

96 p.; 8.5 inches


0152480099 / 9780152480097



User reviews

LibraryThing member silva_44
I picked this book up in the children's section of the library, ostensibly to read to my children; however, I found myself completely intrigued as well. The excellent biographical sketches of some famous and influential writers left me wanting to read their full-length biographies.
LibraryThing member viviandoughty
This is a marvelous introduction to the lives of various writers. Once again, I am intrigued at how Krull manages to dole out just enough information to create more curiousity about her subjects. Leaves you hanging, in a way, wishing for more. I 'm also pleased to see so much diversity, not just in the subjects, but in the elements of time, going back an entire millenium to find worthy subjects.… (more)
LibraryThing member ADReed
Kathleen Krull's "Lives of the Writers" was an absolutely excellent read and I have actually already used the section on Charlotte and Emily Bronte in concurrence with "Jane Eyre" in the high school AP English class I am observing.

Throughout this book, Krull makes it fun to learn about a variety of amazing writers by providing information about each writer that most biographies do not provide, such as what Jane Austen ate for breakfast and about how Zora Neale Hurston once punched a fellow elevator passenger. I found each of the writer's sections so intriguing that it inspired me to look up a few and read more about them. Even the subtitle for each writer were comical and informative. For example, the chapter on Charles Dickens has the subtitle "From Raisin Pudding to Oysters and Champagne" and Louisa May Alcott's says "Paddling Her Own Canoe". These subtitles are interesting and make you want to know more about them and why this relates to said writer.

The section on Charlotte and Emily Bronte was wonderful to use with Charlotte's novel "Jane Eyre" because it helped the students see how even though this novel is fiction, it was written with many autobiographical aspects.
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