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Fun Facts Friday: Toni Morrison

Tomorrow, February 18 we will celebrate the birthday of award winning author Toni Morrison. An author, speaker, professor, and mother, Ms. Morrison has accomplished a lot and deserves to be honored as one of American’s greatest living treasures. Books by Toni Morrison 1 ) Born Chloe Anthony Wofford, Ms. Morrison changed her name because people […]

Fun Facts Friday: Charles Dickens

This week we celebrated the 200th birthday of famed English author Charles Dickens. The event was celebreated world wide and cyber-world wide so here is my little contribution. Books by Charles Dickens 1 ) The first use of the world “Dickens” was in William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor as a profanity (“What the […]

Fun Facts Friday: James Joyce

Yesterday we celebrated James Joyce’s birthday. Joyce is well known for his stream of consciousness novel Ulysses. Books by James Joyce 1 ) James Joyce was the eldest of 10 children born in Dublin, Ireland. 2 ) An outstanding student, Joyce learned Norwegian so he can read Henrik Ibsen place in their original language. 3 […]

Fun Facts Friday: Moll Flanders

This day in 1722 the novel The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe was published. As with all great novels there is a great story behind it. Scarlet Woman Moll Flanders keyhole paper sculpture red by ScathinglyBrilliant Great price on this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate […]

Fun Facts Friday: Edgar Allan Poe

Yesterday was the birthday of famed author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (museum). Mr. Poe’s stories and poems are classics and he was an interesting person as well. Illustration by Abigail Larson Works by Edgar Allen Poe 1 )      There is a common misconception that no-one knows how Poe died. There are stories about hired […]

Fun Facts Friday: Anna Karenina

Recently I read the novel Anna Karenina (my thoughts) which, to my surprise, I liked. It is a complex novel and upon doing more research on the subject, I decided it merits its own Fun Facts post. 1 ) Anna Karenina was originally published in serialized form from 1873 to 1877 in The Russian Messenger. […]

Fun Facts Friday: Khalil Gibran

On this day in 1883 Lebanese author, poet and artist Khalil Gibran(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was born.  Growing up in the United States, Gibran has written in English. Works by Khalil Gibran 1 ) Gibran was born to a Catholic family in the town of Bsharri which is in Northern Lebanon. 2 ) […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This week I reviewed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, one of my favorite authors. While writing my post I found some interesting facts about the story. 1 )      Stevenson developed the story while a teenager. 2 )      Stevenson’s stepson, Lloyd Osbourne said that the first draft took […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jane Austen

Today is the birthday of author Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817). Ms. Austen is one of the most wildly read authors in English literature whose social commentary has taken on a life of its own. Jane Austen. Drawn by Cassandra Austen circa 1810 Books by Jane Austen 1 ) Jane Austen […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Charge of the Light Brigade

Today is the anniversary of Alfred, Lord Tennyson publishing his poem The Charge of the Light Brigade (read poem). The poem commemorates are the actions of British soldiers during the Battle of Balaklava, in the Crimea. Officers and men of the 13th Light Dragoons, British Army, Crimea – Wikipedia 1 ) Six weeks before publishing […]

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