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Literary Rogues

A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors

by Andrew Shaffer

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Literary Rogues
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A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors
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Humorist Andrew Shaffer profiles the literary greats who wrote generation-defining classics such as The Great Gatsby and On the Road while living and loving like hedonistic rock icons who were as likely to go on epic benders as they were to hit the bestseller lists.

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Before he became a founder of realism and an unlikely literary sex icon, the young Honoré de Balzac was proofreading legal filings. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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