Taylor Swift by the Book

The Literature Behind the Lyrics, from Fairy Tales to Tortured Poets

About the Book

From the childhood nostalgia of Peter Pan in Speak Now to the haunted halls of Rebecca in evermore, Taylor Swift’s lyrics are filled with literary connections.

Make sure you’re catching them all with this expert guide to the novels, poems, and plays that influence her songwriting.

Let a literature professor and a musical theater artist guide you through the Taylor Swift canon—from Shakespeare to the Brontë sisters to Robert Frost!

  • Learn what “New Romantics” has to do with the old Romantics
  • Get to know the Gothic monsters haunting Midnights
  • Spot Taylor’s many Great Gatsby references
  • Discover what Taylor Swift and Emily Dickinson have in common
  • And find your new favorite tortured poet!


With full-color illustrations guiding you through the literary eras of Dr. Swift (yes, she has an honorary Ph.D.), it’s a perfect gift for the Swiftie in your life.

Packed with fun facts, entertaining analysis, and literary-themed playlists that fans will love, Taylor Swift by the Book will turn anyone from a Taylor Swift lover into a Taylor Swift scholar.

About the Author

Rachel Feder

Rachel Feder is an associate professor of English and literary arts at the University of Denver, where she regularly ruins Pride and Prejudice for her students (but in a fun way!). Her work on the Gothic and nineteenth-century British literature includes the book Harvester of Hearts: Motherhood Under the Sign of Frankenstein and the Norton Library Edition of Dracula, which she edited. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely.

Tiffany Tatreau 

Tiffany Tatreau is an actor, singer, educator, and writer born and raised in Southern California. She has starred in various musicals at theaters across the country in Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, and more. She is best known for her portrayal of Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg in the viral hit musical and original cast album Ride the Cyclone. She has a BFA in musical theater from Roosevelt University and currently resides in New York City.

Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781683694748
  • e-Book ISBN: 9781683694755
  • Page Count: 208
  • Release Date: December 10, 2024

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