Fun Facts Friday: David Hume
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / April 26, 2019

David Hume  (26 April, 1711 – 25 August, 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, known for A Treatise on Human Nature (1739-40), Essays Moral and Political (1741-42), Political Discourses (1752), and an exhaustive History of England (1754-62), as well as many others. Works by David Hume* Born as David Home in Edinburgh. His father died when he was about two years old and he was raised by his mother who never married. He changed his last name to Hume because that’s the way “Home” was supposed to be pronounced, but was not known in England as that. At age 12, or maybe even 10, Mr. Hume started to attend the University of Edinburgh. He told friends that “there is nothing to be learnt from a Professor, which is not to be met with in Books”. Mr. Hume did not graduate. At age 25 Mr. Hume found himself with no source of income, despite being of noble ancestry. He took a job as a merchant’s assistant and was forced to leave to France. Mr. Hume did not do well in his forced on profession, but did manage to get a job as a career as a librarian at the University…

Fun Facts Friday: Kenneth Grahame
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 8, 2019

Kenneth Grahame (8 March, 1859 – 6 July, 1932) was a Scottish writer mostly known for his children’s classic The Wind in the Willows. Drawing by John Singer Sargent Books by Kenneth Grahame* Grahame was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother died when he was five years old, and he was brought up by his grandmother Granny Ingles in the village of Cookham (his father, a sheriff, had a drinking problem). It is believed by Mr. Grahame’s biographer that the ambiance at Cookham (Quarry Wood and the River Thames) inspired the setting for The Wind in the Willows. Even though he was an excellent student, Mr. Grahame was unable to attend Oxford University due to cost. In his 20s, Mr. Grahame published stories in London periodicals including St. James Gazette, The Yellow Book, and the National Observer. These stories were later published as collections. In 1899 Mr. Grahame married Elspeth Thomson. The couple had one child, Alastair (nicknamed Mouse), who suffered from health problems all his life. The author’s classic children’s books are based on bedtime stories he told Alastair, who inspired Mr. Toad. In 1903, while working at the Bank of England, Mr. Grahame was shot at three times…

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