In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
Shorter Lives' histories of notable creators (and notable enablers of the creative) drift away from conventional tellings to offer alternative facts and believable untruths. No small part of the author's extensive research, however, has been the trawling of existing biographies for unrepresentative, yet documented, instances of the bizarre.
In our post-truth world of fake news and mythmaking, Scott's revised biographies make a significant contribution to both speculative fiction and the developing field of non-fiction poetry.
'Shorter Lives plunges below the received biographies of the writers it examines to disinter the emotional, psychological, erotic and other secrets that arguably underpin, explain and give force to their work.
The results are sometimes unsettling, sometimes confounding, sometimes electric, and almost always absorbing. Scott's distillations of the lives some of the writers and artists concerned - the Woolfs, Rimbaud, Picasso - contain a deep probing of Modernity itself, a looking backward to better understand our current aesthetic and the challenges it faces.' - David Brooks, author of The Fern Tattoo