Fun Facts Friday: Guy de Maupassant
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 5, 2016

Guy de Maupassant (5 August, 1859 – 6 July, 1893) was a French writer and a master of short stories. By User Den fjättrade ankan on sv.wikipedia, Public Domain, 1)      When he was 11, Maupassant’s mother risked social disgrace by getting divorced and keeping her two sons. 2)      Laure Le Poittevin, Maupassant’s mother, became the most influential figure in his life. 3)      As a young boy, Maupassant loved nature, which became a theme for many of his stories. 4)      At the age of 13, Maupassant was placed at a private school which he disliked and got himself expelled from. 5)      In junior high school and high-school he was proven to be a good student. 6)      Maupassant saved poet Algernon Charles Swinburne from drowning. 7)      In 1871 Maupassant enlisted as a volunteer in the Franco-Prussian War. He served ten years as a clerk in the Navy Department. 8)      Maupassant’s talent and business acumen made him a rich man. He published 2-4 volumes of each year of short stories. 9)      He also wrote under several pseudonyms. 10)   Among many other Parisians, Maupassant didn’t care for the Eifel Tower. — Please like and follow —

Fun Facts Friday: Chester Himes
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 29, 2016

Chester Himes (29 July, 1909 – 12 November, 1984) was a writer known for his series of Harlem detective novels. By Michael Law – E-mail to, Public Domain, Books by Chester Himes* 1)      As a youth, Mr. Himes misbehaved and his mother made him sit out a gunpowder demonstration he was supposed to do with his brother during an assembly. The gunpowder exploded and his brother was refused treatment due to the Jim Crow laws. That tragedy has profoundly shaped the author’s view on race in America. 2)      In 1928 Mr. Himes was arrested for armed robbery. He was sentenced to 20 to 25 years of hard labor. 3)      Mr. Himes started writing short stores in prison and had them published in national magazines. 4)      He credits writing in prison and being published to earn him respect from the guards, fellow inmates and avoid violence. 5)      In April 1934, Mr. Himes was released on parole. He continued to write while working part time jobs 6)      Mr. Himes met poet, novelist and activist Langston Hughes who helped him with contacts in the literary world. 7)      In the 1940s, Mr. Himes spent time working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles….

Fun Facts Friday: Emma Lazarus
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 22, 2016

Emma Lazarus (22 July, 1849 – 19 November, 1887) was an American poet known for her 1883 sonnet The New Colossus which is inscribed on a bronze plaque being held by the Statue of Liberty. By T. Johnson – The New York Historical Society [1][2], Public Domain, 1)      Ms. Lazarus was one of seven children born in New York. 2)      Poet Grace Seixas Nathan was the great-great grandmother of Ms. Lazarus 3)      Since early age, Ms. Lazarus studied American and British literature 4)      She loved the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and an admirer of political economist Henry George. 5)      She spoke English, German, French and Italian. 6)      After reading Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, Ms. Lazarus started taking interest in her Jewish roots 7)      She was an advocate for Jewish Russian refugees after the Russian pogroms 8)      Ms. Lazarus’ famous sonnet The New Colossus was written for and donated to an auction to raise funds to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty 9)      Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Emma Lazarus’ good friend and daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia founded the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne after she was inspired by The New Colossus 10)   In 2008…

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Reade
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 8, 2016

Charles Reade (8 June, 1814 – 11 April, 1884) was an English dramatist and novelist. Mr. Read is best known for his novel The Cloister and the Hearth. “Charles Reade,” (1872)  illustrated by Frederick Waddy (1848–1901)  WorldCat –, Public Domain, 1)      Mr. Reade considered himself a dramatist and wanted that be firs on the list of occupations on his tombstone. 2)      The two act comedy Masks and Faces was the one that made Mr. Reade’s reputation. 3)      Due to its success, Masks and Faces was later expanded into three acts. 4)      In 1856 Mr. Reade published his novel It Is Never Too Late to Mend, and established a reputations as a novelist. 5)      Based on a few lives by medieval humanist Erasmus, Mr. Reade published A Good Fight in 1859 as a serial in Once a Week. 6)      The magazine’s publisher and Mr. Reade disagreed about a socially sensitive subject, the pregnancy of the unwed heroine. Mr. Reade abruptly wrote a happy-ending to the story. 7)      Continuing to work on A Good Fight, Mr. Reade published it as a novel called The Cloister and the Hearth. 8)      Loved by readers, Mr. Reade’s work was not as well regarded…

Fun Facts Friday: George Sand
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 1, 2016

George Sand (1 July, 1804 – 8 June, 1876) was a French novelist and memoirist. By Eugène Delacroix – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain, 1)      George Sand was the nom de plume of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin. 2)      Maurice Dupin, her father, was the illegitimate son of Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and grandson to Maurice, Comte de Saxe, Marshal General of France. 3)      She is also related to King Louise Phillipe of France through other ancestors. 4)      Writer Jules Sandeau not only inspired her to write, but also her nom de plume. 5)      Besides novels, Sand also authored political texts and literary criticism establishing her as a Socialist. 6)      Sand created many controversies, one of which was wearing men’s clothes and smoking in public. 7)      She said men’s clothes was sturdier and less expensive than ones noble women wore at the time. 8)      A benefit for wearing men’s clothes at the time was that she could move around Paris more freely. 9)      Her behavior did not go unnoticed and she had to relinquish some of the privileges of a baroness. 10)   She had many public…

Fun Facts Friday: John Hersey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 17, 2016

John Hersey (17 June, 1914 – 24 March, 1993) was a prize winning American writer. Mr. Hersey is considered to be one of the earliest practitioners of New Journalism. Books by John Hersey His parents were Protestant missionaries, he was born in Tientsin, China. Mr. Hersey can trace his roots back to William Hersey (Hercy) who was one of the first settlers of Hingham, MA. The family came back to the New York when Mr. Hersey was ten years old. He played football at Yale University where one of his coaches was future President Gerald Ford. Mr. Hersey did his graduate work at the University of Cambridge. In 1937 Mr. Hersey got a summer job was as a private secretary / chauffer for Sinclair Lewis. Mr. Hersey wrote an essay on Time Magazine’s dismal quality, in the autumn of 1937 Time hired him. During World War II, Mr. Hersey covered the fighting in Europe and Asia for Time and Life magazines. He survived four airplane crashes and witnessed the invasion of Sicily. The Secretary of the Navy commanded Mr. Hersey for helping to evacuate wounded soldiers from Guadalcanal. Mr. Hersey’s account of the aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on…

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