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Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Conrad

Tomorrow is the birthday of famed Polish author Joseph Conrad (December 3, 1857 – August 3, 1924). Reading Conrad’s work one could see his development of an author from adventure stories to sophisticated works. View Joseph Conrad’s Ama­zon Page 1 ) Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski and spent his early childhood in Russia with his parents. […]

Fun Facts Friday: Eleanor Roosevelt

Yesterday I posted about the book Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life of Soul Searching and Self Discovery by Ann Atkins (my thoughts) which is the first in the “Flash History” series. Mrs. Roosevelt has always been a fascinating historical figure and I was happy to learn more about her. 1 ) Eleanor Roosevelt was educated by private […]

Fun Facts Friday: Wilfred Owen

Today, November 4 1918, poet and British Army officer Wilfred Owen was killed in action in France during World War I. Owen was 25 years old. 1 ) To this day Owen is thought of as the leading poet of World War I. 2 ) Owen’s poetry was on the horrors of WWI, especially trench […]

Fun Facts Friday: Dracula

I recently read Bram Stoker’s Dracula (my thoughts on it will be posted tomorrow), so here is a special Halloween edition of Fun Facts Friday. 1 )      Dracula was part of a genre in which fantastic creatures threatened England. At the time “Invasion Literature” was at its peak. 2)      Bram Stoker spent 7 years researching […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas has been one of my favorite novels for years, ever since I was a little boy. I’m glad to see that a new movie has been made, movies of famous books always generate interest in the original and get new following. Alexander Dumas based the book on historical events, […]

Fun Facts Friday: Victor Hugo and Adèle Foucher

Tomorrow, October 14 1822, we will celebrate the anniversary of famous writer and poet Victor Hugo marrying his childhood sweetheart Adèle Foucher. The marriage survived infidelities, children and scandal. 1 )      Hugo’s brother suffered a nervous breakdown at the wedding breakfast 2 )      That same year Hugo published his poetry collection which won him a […]

Fun Facts Friday: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

Today, October 7 in the year 1955 poet Allen Ginsberg read his seminal poem “Howl” at Six Gallery in San Francisco. 1) The poem was published in Ginsberg’s 1956 book “Howl and Other Poems” 2) “Howl” is considered one of the great works of the Beat Generation (along with Kerouac’s “On the Road”). 3) Supposedly, […]

Fun Facts Friday: Miguel de Cervantes

Yesterday was the birthday of one of the greatest authors in history: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616. As you can tell, I am a fan. Not only because of the Quixotic pun of this blog’s name, but also because I think that Don Quixote is still one the most […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Marriage of Leo & Sofya Tolstoy

September 23, 1862 marks the wedding anniversary of one of them the most tumultuous couples in literary history (and there were many) when Leo Tolstoy married Sophie Andreyevna Behrs. The couple not only had 16 years of difference in their ages, but also had different values, goals and clashing personalities. Tolstoy maintained that the problems […]

Fun Facts Friday: Stephen Jay Gould

Tomorrow, September 10 will be the birthday of award winning author Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) (Unofficial Site).  A scholar as well as an author, Mr. Gould won many awards for his work. 1 )      Besides being an author, Mr. Gould was a paleontologist, historian of science and an evolutionary […]

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