Michael Macrone
I've written nine books best described as entertaining guides to literary and intellectual history. I began with Brush Up Your Shakespeare! (HarperCollins, 1990), a catalogue of the most used and abused Shakespearean coinages, including glosses of the scenes in which they originally appeared. I also survey “faux Shakespeare” (misattributed phrases) and book titles borrowed from the Bard.
Four more “Brush Up” titles followed from Harper, handling topics from Greek and Roman history and myth to deconstruction and quantum mechanics. Books in a similar vein would issue from Doubleday, Anchor, and Andrews McMeel, culminating with Naughty Shakespeare.
In April 2019, Last Gasp published Jon B. Cooke's The Book of Weirdo, to which I contributed an overview of the legendary ’80s comix magazine.
I also made editorial contributions to Jill Gentile’s Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, published in April 2016 by Karnac Books (Routledge).
(Harper & Row, 1990)
(2nd Edition: HarperCollins, 2000)
It's Greek to Me!
Brush Up Your Classics
(HarperCollins, 1991)
Common sayings and concepts from classical literature
By Jove!
Brush Up Your Mythology
(HarperCollins, 1992)
(HarperCollins, 1993)
What Archimedes Really Meant
and 80 Other Key Ideas Explained
(HarperCollins, 1994)
A tour through the "great ideas" of Western culture.
"A Fine Kettle of Fish" and 150 Other Animal Expressions
(Doubleday, 1995)
Animal metaphors and where they came from.
(Crown, 1996)
Wit and wisdom from the Bard.
(Cader/Andrews & McMeel, 1996)
"In one ear and out the other"? Chaucer.
"Not with a bang but a whimper"? Eliot.
(Cader/Andrews & McMeel, 1997)
The Bard was bad.

Collaborations & Editorial Contributions
By Jon B. Cooke
(Last Gasp, 2019)
I contributed an introductory overview of
R. Crumb’s legendary ’8os comix magazine
By Jill Gentile with Michael Macrone
(Karnac, 2016)
What the female body has to do with free speech
Six-CD spoken-word box set
(Rhino, 1999)
The included book contains my bite-sized synopses
Edited by Dominic Milano
(Miller Freeman, 1997)
Edited by Gary Groth
(Berkley, 1988)
Excerpts my interview with Robert Crumb and
Peter Bagge
from The Comics Journal #106
By The Mad Peck
With additional dialogue by Robert A. Hull and Mike Macrone
(Doubleday, 1987)
Edited by Rob Seidenberg
(Prentice Hall, 1986)
I covered the southern route from Savannah to San Diego.