Literary Fact

17th September 2013

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American author, Ken Kesey was born on this day in 1935. His most famous novel was One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

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16th September 2013

the-lost-symbolAt the time of it’s release, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown had a printing of 6.5 million (the largest in Doubleday’s history up to that point,) and it was also the fastest selling adult novel, selling one million on its first day. 

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11th September 2013

220px-DH_Lawrence_1906David Herbert Lawrence, known as D.H Lawrence was born on this day in 1885 in the town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

He was a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His novels include The Rainbow, Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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6th September 2013

Anna Karenin

Anna Karenina is over 800 pages long but it was originally published in serialised form. 

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5th September 2013

Viking Press, 1957

Viking Press, 1957

Jack Kerouac’s novel, On The Road was published by Viking Press on this day in 1957. Kerouac originally finished it 1951 but it took until 1957 to find a publisher.

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3rd September 2013

200px-OfMiceAndMenJohn Steinbeck wrote the novel, Of Mice and Men. Apparently, an early draft of this book was eaten by Steinbeck’s dog, Max. Oh dear!

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30th August 2013.

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Mary Shelly, whose most famous novel was Frankenstein, was born on this day in 1797. Her most famous work was originally published anonymously. 

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29th August 2013

John Locke

John Locke

Philosopher and Physician, John Locke was born on this day in 1632. 

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Tuesday 27th August 2013

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The protagonist in C.S Lewis’ Science Fiction novel were very loosely based on his friend and fellow author, J.R.R Tolkien.

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16th August 2013

Charles

Poet, novelist and short story writer, Charles Bukowski was born on this day in 1920

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15th August 2013

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On this day in 1939, the film adaptation of L Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wizard of Oz had its Hollywood Premiere at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

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13th August

princess bride

On this day in 1931, Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born. He wrote the novel and screenplay for one of my favourite films, The Princess Bride. 

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12th August 2013

Ian Fleming, the creator of 007 Spy James Bond, died on this day in 1964.

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As well as writing the Bond novels, Fleming also wrote the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang novel.

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31st July 2013

JK

Today, 31st July, is Harry Potter’s birthday as well as his creator, JK Rowling. 

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5th July 2013

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Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, author of A Doll’s House, kept a live pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk while writing for inspiration. Yikes, rather him than me. 

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