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Fun Facts Friday: Abe Kōbō

Abe Kōbō (27 March 7, 1924 – 22 January 22, 1993) was a Japanese writer who was also a photographer and playwright. Books by Abe Kōbō His name is pronounced AH-bay KOH-boh Following his father’s footsteps, Abe went to medical school. As the story goes, he was only allowed to graduate if he promised that […]

Fun Facts Friday: John Tenniel

John Tenniel (28 February, 1820 – 25 February, 1914) was a British illustrator and cartoonist whose work was prominent during the second half of England’s 19th century. These days Mr. Tenniel is remembered, in part, as the illustrator for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Tenniel’s father, John Baptist Tenniel, was very athletic […]

Fun Facts Friday: Erma Bombeck

Erma Louise Bombeck (21 February, 1927 – 22 April, 1996) was an American writer, columnist, author and humorist. Ms. Bombeck’s newspaper column, which described suburban life, was very popular for decades.

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (7 February, 1812 – 9 June, 1870), prolific English author, is known to this day as the quintessential Victorian author. Books by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born as Charles John Huffam Dickens Dickens’ father was put in debtor’s prison and Charles was forced to leave school and go to work at a […]

Fun Facts Friday: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (31 January, 1923 – 10 November, 2004) was an American author, journalist, playwright, actor, film maker and political activist. Books by Norman Mailer Mailer was born in Long Branch, NJ under the name Nachem Malek. Mailer was 16 years old when he enrolled at Harvard University. As a soldier in the US Army […]

Fun Facts Friday: Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (24 January, 1862 – 11 August, 1937) was an award winning American writer and designer.

Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin: Printer & Bibliophile

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a printer, but here are a few interesting facts about his printing career and love of books & libraries.

Fun Facts Friday: Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was a poet from California who is considered today an icon of the environmental movement. Jeffers’ was born in Allegheny, PA which is now a part of Pittsburgh. He began to learn Greek at the age of 5. His father, an Old Testament Literature and Biblical […]

Fun Facts Friday: J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He also wrote some fantasy books as well.

Fun Facts Friday: Louis Bromfield

Louis Bromfield (27 December, 1896 – 18 March, 1956) was a prolific American writer and a pioneer of farming concepts.

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