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Fun Facts Friday: Paul Erdman

Paul Erdman (19 May, 1932 – 23 April, 2007) was a financial and business writer. He was known for writing novels based on historical facts and complex financial intrigues. Books by Paul Erdman* 1)      The author earned a PhD in economics and was a former Lutheran seminarian. 2)      He was the first American to establish […]

Fun Facts Friday: Peter Benchley

The Doubleday editor who met with the author didn’t care for his idea of a non-fiction book about pirates, but loved the man eating shark terrorizing a community pitch. It is said that Mr. Benchley wrote a page in the Doubleday offices and immediately got an advance check.

Fun Facts Friday: Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (28 April, 1948 – 12 March, 2015) was an English fantasy author known for his comical work and his series of 41 novels, Discworld. Books by Terry Pratchett* 1)      Mr. Pratchett sold more than 85 million books worldwide, his stories have been translated to 37 languages. 2)      As a kid, Mr. Pratchett wanted […]

Fun Facts Friday: Emily Brontë (Repost)

Twenty One, April is the birthday of author Charlotte Brontë who was born in 1816. While I did not care much for Jane Eyre , I did appreciate its literary qualities. Check out my Fun Facts Friday on Charlotte’s sister, Emily. Books by Charlotte Brontë 1 ) Charlotte Brontë was the only one of her sisters […]

Fun Facts Friday: Arnold Toynbee

According to Michael Lang “Toynbee was perhaps the world’s most read, translated, and discussed living scholar.”

Fun Facts Friday: William Wordsworth

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a good friend of Mr. Wordsworth for many years. The two poets had a falling out due to Coleridge’s opium addiction.

Fun Facts Friday: Judith Rossner

Judith Rossner (31 Mzarch, 1935 – 9 August, 2005) was an American writer with several best sellers. Books by Judith Rossner* 1)      Ms. Rossner was born in The Bronx as Judith Louise Perelman. 2)      After college, the author married Robert Rossner. The couple had two children. 3)      Even though she wasn’t able to sell short stories […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Morris

William Morris (24 March, 1834 – 3 October, 1896) was a poet, novelist and translator from England. More Books by William Morris* 1)      Mr. Morris’ day job was a textile designer and is credited for being a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts as well as production methods. 2)      He was […]

Fun Facts Friday: Siegfried Lenz

Siegfried Lenz (17 March, 1926 – 7 October, 2014) was a German novelist and writer. Books by Siegfried Lenz* Born in the town of Lyck, East Prussia, Mr. Lenz would today be considered as being born in Poland. After graduation in 1943, Mr. Lenz was drafted into the Kriegsmarine, the Nave of Nazi Germany. Before the […]

Fun Facts Friday: James Merrill

James Merrill (3 March, 1926 – 6 February, 1995) was an award winning American poet. Books by James Merrill* 1)      Born in New York City, the poet’s parents were Hellen Ingram Merrill, a society report and publisher, and Charles E. Merrill, co-founder of the investment firm Merrill Lynch. 2)      As the son of an investment […]

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