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Fun Facts Friday: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This week we celebrated the birthday of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001). Besides being the wife of the famous aviator, Mrs. Lindbergh was an accomplished woman in her own right. 1) Born Anne Spencer Morrow to Dwight and Elizabeth Morrow in New Jersey. 2) While attending Smith College she won […]

Fun Facts Friday: Father’s Day Edition

It’s Father’s Day and while researching this post I have noticed how lacking literature is when it comes to fathers. Even the “manly” novels don’t seem to pay much respect to the role fathers play in the lives of their children. I did manage to get ten though, but tried to stay away from the […]

Fun Facts Friday: 1984

This week George Orwell’s classic “1984” has been published all the way back in 1949. The dystopian novel with its all-seeing leader “Big Brother” because a symbol worldwide for intrusive and oppressive government bureaucracy. The story is about Winston Smith and his attempt to rebel against the totalitarian state in which he lives. 1) The […]

Fun Facts Friday: Gone with the Wind

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Margret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Here are some fun facts about the novel. First edition cover Picture from bookpoi.com 1) Even though Margaret Mitchell is considered one of the most successful novelists of the 20th Century, she only published one book. 2) Because of Mitchell’s social connections […]

Fun Facts Friday: Dashiell Hammett

Today we mark the birthday of Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961), born Samuel Dashiell Hammett. A prolific writer who popularized the hardboiled detective fiction, Mr. Hammett wrote such classics as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”. 1) Hammett left school at age 13. 2) He worked for Pinkerton’s detective agency for eight years. 3) […]

Fun Facts Friday: Katherine Anne Porter

May 15, 1890 was the birthday of author Callie Porter, later known as Katherine Anne Porter. Ms. Porter was a very prolific writer, which unfortunately we do not hear much about these days. 1) When she was two Porter’s mother died and the family moved in with her paternal grandmother Catherine Anne Porter. Porter later […]

Fun Facts Friday: Roger Hargreaves and Mr. Men

This week we celebrated what would have been Roger Hargreaves 76th birthday. Mr. Hargreaves was the creator of the “Mr. Men”(official site | collector’s site) series of books which many of us grew on. In his honor I dedicate this post of Fun Facts Friday. 1) Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September […]

Fun Facts Friday: Scandalous Women

The book “Scandalous Women” (book review) by Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon (blog | Twit­ter) is filled with great stories and great trivia. Instead of doing my usual Fun Facts Friday I decided to do something a bit different. I will use random.org ten times and open up to that page in  “Scandalous Women”. Once there I […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Picture of Dorian Gray

This week, in 1891, Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900 published is wildly successful novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. The history of the book is as fascinating as the book itself. 1. Wilde’s full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. 2. The story was originally published in Lippincot’s Monthly Magazine […]

Factual Friday: Washington – A Life

It was announced this week that Ron Chernow’s most excellent biography of George Washington, aptly named “Washington: A Life” (book review) won the Pulitzer Prize. I think the prize is well deserved, Mr. Chernow has the ability to bring historical figures to life and his books read like novels. Here are a few interesting facts […]

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