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Fun Facts Friday: Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham (19 September, 1867 – 6 September, 1939) was an English book illustrator whose work is still sought out today. In an era which was called the “golden age” of illustrations, Rackham was one of the most prolific and known illustrators. Instead of “fun facts”, I thought I’d share some of Mr. Rackham’s wonderful work.

Fun Facts Friday: Michael Ondaatje

The protagonist of The English Patient, Hana, is the daughter of the protagonist from an earlier novel Mr. Onadaatje wrote called the In the Skin of the Lion.

Fun Facts Friday: On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The end of the original scroll is a ragged edge where Kerouac wrote “Ate by Patchkee, a dog”, so no one really knows the original ending.

Fun Facts Friday: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (29 August, 1809 – 7 October, 1894) was a Cambridge, MA native known for his poetry and essays. Books by or about Oliver Wendell Holmes Mr. Holmes graduated from Harvard University in 1836. After practicing medicine for the next decade he became a teacher at Dartmouth College and dean at Harvard Medical […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury didn’t like computers or eBooks, believing that the Internet was “distracting”. However his stance softened when his agent explained to him that “a new contract wouldn’t be possible without ebook rights”.

Fun Facts Friday: Walter Scott

After Scott read Lord Byron’s poetry he figured he’ll never be as good, so he simply stopped writing poems.

Fun Facts Friday: Brian Aldiss

In 1958 Mr. Aldiss was voted as Most Promising New Author at the Word Science Fiction Convention.

Fun Facts Friday: Herman Melville

The coffee company Starbucks is named after the first mate of the Pequod, (the whaling ship from Moby Dick which was the company’s original name).

Fun Facts Friday: Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti (25 July, 1905 – 14 August, 1994) was a novelist, non-fiction writer, memoirist and playwright. Mr. Elias was born in Bulgaria, but is known as a Swiss and British novelist. Image from Books by Elias Canetti The ancestors of Mr. Canetti were Sephardi Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. Canetti […]

Fun Facts Friday: Animal Farm

  1) In “Animal Farm” Orwell criticized the Russian Government and communism. 2) Old Major is paralleled to Karl Marx and the farmer is paralleled to the Czar. 3) Napoleon, rising to power thru force, is paralleled to Joseph Stalin. 4) Snowball, an animal with good ideas, good intentions who was forced out and blamed […]

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