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Fun Facts Friday: Wizard of Oz as a Political Satire

“The story of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ was written solely to pleasure children of today” L. Frank Baum – Author In the late 1800s the United States was in turmoil, the agrarian revolt in the Midwest, a heated election and the rise of the Populist movement. Henry M. Littlefield (12 June, 1933 – 30 March […]

Fun Facts Friday: J. M. Barrie

Yesterday was the birthday of Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) better remembered as author J. M. Barrie who created the beloved Peter Pan. 1 ) Barrie always wanted to be an author but his family was against it. His conservative Calvinist family wanted him to enter […]

Fun Facts Friday: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today at the age of 78, in the year 1882, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) breathed his last breath. While some remember Emerson as a poet, he was also a popular essayist and philosopher. Books by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 ) Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leader in the Transcendentalism […]

Fun Facts Friday: Charlotte Brontë

Tomorrow, 21 April will be 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 […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Wordsworth

Tomorrow is the birthday of English poet William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850). Wordsworth’s semi-autobiographical poem The Prelude (buy in paperback or electronic format for $1) is considered his masterpiece among poetry scholars. Works by William Wordsworth 1 )      Wordsworth didn’t like Alexander Pope, another poet. 2 )      Wordsworth is credited with […]

Fun Facts Friday: King Solomon’s Mines

Sometimes the story behind the book is more interesting than the book. King Solomon’s Mines (my thoughts) by H. Rider Haggard also has an interesting story behind the novel that inspired such characters as Indiana Jones. Buy this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic format. More book by H. Rider Haggard 1 ) When the novel was first published in London, […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Hunger Games

 The Hunger Games movie comes out today. I thought it would be fun to bring up some fun facts for all the fans. Check out this blog tomorrow for my thoughts on the novel. Buy The Hunger Games Trilogy Set More Books by Suzanne Collins 1 ) Author Suzanne Collins (website) said she got the […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Scarlet letter

Today is the anniversary of the publication of Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s The Scarlet Letter. Besides a great tale, The Scarlet Letter also had a wonderful that goes with its own publication. Great price on this book in paper or FREE in elec­tronic For­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1 )      The Scarlet letter is set […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Carter

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ hero John Carter celebrates 100 this year. The John Carter movie comes out to much trumpeting and the books are on the verge of Renaissances – a reason for all of us to celebrate. Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1 ) Burroughs’ books which star John Carter are called the Barsoom series. […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Invisible Man

  More books by H. G. Wells 1 ) First serialized in 1867 for Pearson’s Weekly but published as a book that same year. 2 ) Unlike Well’s previous novels (The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau), The Invisible Man is written using first-person narrators. 3 ) The Invisible Man is known only as […]

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