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Fun Facts Friday: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Born as Theodore Dostoevsky, the author had a speech impediment and couldn’t pronounce to “th” sound. He changed his name to Fyodor instead.

Fun Facts Friday: Eden Phillpotts

Eden Phillpotts (4 November, 1862 – 29 December, 1960) was an English author and poet. By J.C. Dingham – The Critic: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924066366497;view=1up;seq=319;size=200, Public Domain, Link Books by Eden Phillpotts* 1)      Mr. Phillpotts was born in India. 2)      He wrote 18 novels and 2 books of short stories about Dartmoor, an area of moorland in England. 3)      […]

Fun Facts Friday: Evelyn Waugh

In 1927 Evelyn Waugh became engaged to Evelyn Gardner. The couple were known to their friends as “He-Evelyn” and “She-Evelyn”.

Fun Facts Friday: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

10) Mr. Coleridge was so critical of the bad literary taste of his contemporaries that he thought that would mean a continued desecration of literature.

Fun Facts Friday: James Whitcomb Riley

At a dinner at the White House with President Grover Cleveland and other dignitaries, Mr. Riley read a poem and spoke about the need for international copyright protections.

Fun Facts Friday: Truman Capote

While working as an assistant editor for Mademoiselle magazine, Mr. Capote recommended his editor to published a story called Homecoming by a teenager named Ray Bradbury, thus giving the famous author his first break.

Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Lee Masters

A series of poems about his boyhood experiences in western Illinois. Published under the name Webster Ford, the poems were the beginning of Spoon River Anthology (1915), the book that would make his reputation.

Fun Facts Friday: Francis Parkman

Later in life, Mr. Parkman would summarize his books as “The history of the American forest”

Fun Facts Friday: Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy knew at least six languages, evolved the Russian education system, made his own clothes, inspired the idea of non-violent resistance, and raised 13 children believed that his main character flaw was being lazy

Fun Facts Friday: Allen Drury

Advise and Consent spent 102 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960.

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