Literary Fact

Literary Fact of the Day

Thursday 1st May.

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Joseph Heller, the author of Catch-22 was born on this day in 1923. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His book, Catch-22 was published by Simon & Schuster in 1961.

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Henry Fielding

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Henry Fielding was born on this day in 1707. Born in Somerset, England, he was educated at Eton College. He was an english novelist and his works included Tom Jones and Amelia.

His sister Sarah was also a successful writer and John, his brother, was a magistrate.

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Friday 7th February

DickensOn this day in…

1812, Charles Dickens was born to John and Elizabeth in Landport, Portsmouth. He was an English writer and social critic and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

He has created some of the most memorable and beloved characters in fiction including, Oliver Twist, Fagan, The Artful Dodger, Pip and Ebenezer Scrooge. After publishing a series of sketches under the pseudonym, Boz, Continue reading

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First Impressions

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813

In January 1813…

Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published on in 1813. She first started writing in 1796 and had originally titled, First Impressions it’s now one of the most popular classics in literature and has one of the most famous opening lines, ‘“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” It has also been the basis of many adaptations including the BBC version with Colin Firth, Bridget Jones’ Diary and it was even given the Bollywood treatment with Bride and Prejudice. 

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Monday 27th January 2014

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

On this day in…

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born on this day in 1832 in Cheshire, England. Alice Liddell, the daughter of a friend, asked Carroll to complete a story he’d started telling her on a boat trip. These eventually became, Alice Adventures Underground which was then renamed Wonderland.

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Wednesday 22nd January 2014

On this day in 1788…

Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron, commonly known as Lord Byron was born on this day in 1788.

He was an English Poet and a leading figure in the romantic movement. His works included Don Juan and She Walks in Beauty.

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Tuesday 21st January

George Orwell

George Orwell

George Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, died on this day in 1950. He died in London at aged forty-six. He was known for works like Animal Farm (1945) and 1984, which was published in 1949.

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14th November 2013

pippipippipippiSwedish author, Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking was born on this day in 1907. Pippi was named by Lindgren’s nine year odl daughter, Karin who had requested a get well soon story frpippiom her mother.

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Literary Fact: Stephen King

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In 2007, Stephen King started signing some of his own books in an Alice Springs bookstore. The staff thought he was a vandal as they didn’t initially realise that he was signing his own books. 

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25th October 2013

220px-Geoffrey_Chaucer_(17th_century)Geoffrey Chaucer died on this day in 1400. He is widely considered to be the father of English Literature. Some of his works were adapted by the BBC. The series was called The Canterbury Tales.

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Monday 14th October 2013

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American writer, EE Cummings was born on this day in 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of his most famous poems was ‘I Carry Your Heart With Me.’ 

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26th September 2013

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T.S Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot) was born on this day in 1888. He was born in the United States but became a British citizen in 1927. 

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25th September 2013

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William Faulkner was born on this day in 1987. He was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 

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23rd September 2013

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J.R.R Tolkien was marking students papers when he got inspired to write the first line of one of his famous books. 

‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ 

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20th September 2013

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Author, George. R. R. Martin was born in this day in 1948. He wrote the Fire & Ice series which was adapted for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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