Interesting Facts:

Topics: Novel, Arthur Conan Doyle, Short story Pages: 3 (460 words) Published: February 18, 2014
-Chaucer was basically involved in espionage and also fought in and was ransomed in a war.

-Milton was blind when he wrote Paradise Lost.

-John Bunyan spent more than 10 years in jail which is when he started writing Pilgrim’s Progress.

-Daniel Defoe, first novelist (as we know them today), invented modern journalism.

-John Dryden, writer of great satire, was Jonathan Swift's cousin.

-I didn’t know Dickens was an actor (and accomplished at that)…I don’t really know much about him, actually

-George Eliot was a pseudonym for a woman (Mary Ann Evans).

-Skiing was popularized in Switzerland by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

-James Joyce was terrified of thunder & lightning.

-Jerome David Salinger's ex-girlfriend was Oona O’Neill who left him for Charlie Chaplin whom she went on to marry.

-William Faulkner’s initial title for The Sound and the Fury was “Twilight”

-"The Raven" made Poe a star almost overnight and "Nevermore" became a catchword.

-Poe was good looking AND athletic with a serious case of bad PR.

-Coleridge wrote one of the most read poems in literary history while he was completely high.

-The Great Gatsby: celebrated literary classic was almost titled Gold-Hatted Gatsby.

-No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple

-The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

-“The Mouse Trap,” by Agatha Christie is the longest running play in history

-John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost.”

-In the original story, Sleeping beauty was raped by the prince and gave birth to 2 children. She woke up when a kid sucked on her finger

-when Sir Walter Scott’s first novel Waverly was published, Jane Austen was a bit jealous.

-The famous author of Robinson Crusoe changed his name in 1703 from Foe to Defoe.

-In 2006, after 142 years of separation, Nathaniel...
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