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Fun Facts Friday: Superman

Yesterday I reviewed Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye, a wonderful book and even a big Superman fan like myself learned a few things. While all of the facts below might not be in the book (many are), I do hope you’ll read it and let me know what you […]

Fun Facts Friday: Taylor Caldwell

Taylor Caldwell (7 September, 1900 – 30 August, 1985) was a British novelist of popular fiction. Best known for Dynasty of Death (published 1938), Taylor used real historical events and persons in her works which were known to be intricate and suspenseful. Books by Taylor Caldwell 1 ) Taylor was born in Manchester England but […]

Fun Facts Friday: William Saroyan

William Saroyan was born this day, 31 August 1908 (d: 18 May 1981); he was a prolific writer of immigrant parents who based many of his stories on his childhood experiences during the Great Depression  as well as the rootlessness of immigrants. Mr. Saroyan is known for his short stories and insightful texts. He won […]

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Fu-Manchu

  1 ) The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, the first book in the series, is actually a collection of short stories. The novel was originally called The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu but the title was changed when released in America. 2 ) Fu-Manchu’s goal is to restore the Chinese Empire to its former glory. Even […]

Fun Facts Friday: Vernon Lee

Vernon Lee (17 August, 1856 –1935) was a British writer of supernatural fiction. Ms. Lee was also a prolific essayist who wrote on  art, music, and travel. 1 )      Vernon Lee is actually a p[pseudonym, the writer’s real name is Violet Paget. 2 )      One of her childhood friends was artist John Singer Sargent (who […]

Fun Facts Friday: Hogarth Press

1 ) Hogarth Press was created in 1917 by Leonard & Virginia Woolf (whose anniversary happens to be today). This was on Virginia’s 33rd birthday and the couple reached another pivotal decision – to buy a bull dog (eventually named John). 2) The company was established in the Woolf’s dining room, they named it after […]

Fun Facts Friday: P.D. James

English crime/mystery author P.D. James (3 August, 1920) had a long and prosperous career. Her life, however, were full of challenges which she amazingly overcame. 1 ) James’ full title is Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE (Order of the British Empire), FRSA (Royal Society of Arts), FRSL (Royal Society of Literature). […]

Fun Facts Friday: The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

Yesterday I posted about H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi book The First Men in the Moon which I read because: a) I wanted to read it b) It’s a classic book c) It was for my League of Extraordinary Gentel-Man of la Book challenge which I highly recommend you join if you haven’t so far. It […]

Fun Facts Friday: Michael Shea

Today we celebrate the birthday of award winning science-fiction author Michael Shea (13 July, 1943 – ???). Mr. Shea (website) has won “year’s best” World Fantasy Awards for his novel Nifft the Lean and Growlimb, a novella. Books by Michael Shea 1 ) Michael Shea hitchhiked twice across the USA 2 ) A Quest fo […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Dalai Lama

Today is the birthday of best selling author and leader of Tibet (or is it the other way around?) the Dalai Lama. This post was not as difficult as my other “fun facts” posts as the Dalai Lama had an interesting life and the difficulty presented itself by trying to find “only” 10 interesting facts. […]

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