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Fun Facts Friday: Enid Blyton

Trained as a teacher, she wrote in her spare time. Ms. Blyton’s first published book was Child Whispers (1922), while she was still teaching.

Fun Facts Friday: Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (4 August, 1859 – 19 February, 1952) was a Norwegian author and a Noble prize winner. Books by Knut Hamsun* 1)      Born as Knud Pedersen to a poor family, the author grew up on his uncle’s farm. 2)      When he was nine years old, the boy was separated from his family and went […]

Fun Facts Friday: Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (28 July, 1866 – 22 December, 1943) was a British writer and scientist who is known for her children’s books featuring animals. Beatrix Potter, 2012, Olivia Waste – Image from Art Now and Then Books by Beatrix Potter* 1)      Born in South Kensington, London to a wealthy family, young Ms. Potter lived a very comfortable […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (21 July, 1899 – 2 July, 1961) needs no introduction… From the Collection of the United States Postal Service Books by Ernest Hemingway* 1) Born in Oak Park, IL, Mr. Hemingway worked a bit for the Kansas City Star for a few months after he finished high-school before enlisting in the military for […]

Fun Facts Friday: Owen Wister

As a member of Harvard’s all male Porcellian Club he was introduced to, and became a lifelong friend, of future president Teddy Roosevelt

Fun Facts Friday: Robert A. Heinlein

During his life Mr. Heinlein published 59 short stories, 32 novels, and 16 collections.  Four of his works became feature films (he wrote one of the screenplays), two TV series, and episodes on a radio series.

Fun Facts Friday: Czesław Miłosz

Czesław Miłosz (30 June, 1911 – 14 August, 2004) was a poet, writer and translator from Poland. Books by Czesław Miłosz* 1)      Originally born under the flag of the Russian Empire, the village of Szetejnie is now part of Lithuania. 2)      During World War II, Mr. Miłosz was in Warsaw, which was ruled by Nazi Germany. 3)      After the war, Mr. […]

Fun Facts Friday: Irvin S. Cobb

Irvin S. Cobb (23 June, 1876 – 11 March, 1944) was a prolific American humorist, columnist and author. Books by Irvin S. Cobb* 1)      Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. Cobb moved to New York when he was 28 years old. 2)      At one time, Mr. Cobb was the highest paid staff reporter in the United […]

Fun Facts Friday: Isabelle Holland

A recurring theme in her books were the effects of alcoholism on families.

Fun Facts Friday: Richard Adams

Richard Adams (9 May, 1920 – 24 December, 2016) was a novelist from England who is known for his novel Watership Down. Books by Richard Adams* 1)      Mr. Adams studied modern history in Worcester College, Oxford. 2)      During World War II he was posted to the Royal Army Service Corps. 3)      Mr. Adams was a […]

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