Page Fright: Foibles and Fetishes of Famous Writers by Harry Bruce

By Harry Bruce

A witty round-up of writers' conduct that incorporates the entire gigantic names, reminiscent of Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Hemingway
At public occasions readers continuously ask writers how they write. the method fascinates them. Now they've got a truly witty e-book that levels around the globe and all through heritage to reply to their questions. the entire nice writers are the following — Dickens, rushing off his paintings; Henry James dictating it; Flaubert shouting each one observe aloud within the backyard; Hemingway at paintings in cafés along with his pencil. yet pencil or pen, trusty typewriter or machine, all of them have their advocates. let alone the writers who can simply hold the phrases flowing by means of writing bare, or whereas strolling or hearing track — and usually obeying the main weird and wonderful superstitions.

On Shakespeare’s works: “Fantastic. And it used to be all performed with a feather!” — Sam Goldwyn

“I write nude, seated on a thick towel, and maybe with a moment towel round me.” — Paul West

“I’ve by no means heard of someone getting plumber’s block, or site visitors cop’s block.” — Allan Gurganus

“I’m a drinker with a writing problem.” — Brendan Behan

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Rickard would later realize that this was even more relevant to money than it was to cattle. ”11 After fording the Red River the drovers had to move their mile-long line of cattle across the Indian Territory that separated Texas and Kansas. The native people learned they could beg, steal, or exact cattle as tolls from the cowboys who crossed their land. ) Regardless of how well prepared one was, there was always an unexpected harrowing event or two along the trail. On his first ride, Rickard was handed a painful lesson on human relationships and violent death.

His Northern saloon and gambling hall at the corner of Crook and Main streets in Goldfield was one of the most successful in the West, with fourteen game tables and 24 dealers to accommodate roulette, faro, blackjack and craps. Eight bartenders worked an eight-hour shift, and the doors never closed. Each man paid himself $12 from the cash register after his shift. Two or more floor bosses, sometimes Rickard himself, or the famed western lawman Virgil Earp, ran an orderly operation. It was the scene of what old-timers said “were some of the greatest gambling plays ever wit- One.

Texas Cowboy in the Gold Rush 35 arranged for a fight between Slavin and wrestler Frank Gotch. It turned out to be a strange mix of a boxing/wrestling match. 30 Like Rickard, Mizner was bitten by the boxing bug. Later, after moving to New York, Mizner managed Stanley Ketchell. ” Mizner was a colorful character who loved the stage, and in 1910 when Rickard was out West managing the Jeffries-Johnson affair, Mizner wrote a successful Broadway play, The Deep Purple, hailed at the time as the greatest melodrama since Sweeney Todd.

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