Fun Facts Friday: Ralph Ellison
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 1, 2019

Ralph Ellison (1 March, 1914 – 16 April, 1994) was an award winning novelist, critic and scholar known for his novel Invisible Man. Books by Ralph Ellison* Born in Oklahoma City, OK, he was the grandson of slaves. His middle name was Waldo, and yes, he was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison played his first musical instrument, a cornet, at the age of 8 years old. After high school, Mr. Ellison enrolled in the Tuskegee Institute as a music major. Unfortunately for the music world, but fortunately for the literary world, Mr. Ellison never finished his studies, but stayed in New York City to write. When World War II broke out, Mr. Ellison joined the U.S. Merchant Marine as a cook, fighting in the North Atlantic. Even though he had some communist sympathies, after the war he lost his faith as he felt the party betrayed African Americans. In 1952 his first novel, Invisible Man, was published to much success. It stayed on the best-seller list for 16 weeks and won the National Book Award. In 1967 a major house fire destroyed 300 pages of Mr. Ellison’s second novel. Even though he later wrote more than 2,000 pages, the…

Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin: Printer & Bibliophile
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 17, 2014

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a printer, but here are a few interesting facts about his printing career and love of books & libraries.

Fun Facts Friday: The Globe Theatre
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 29, 2012

Today marks the burning down of the historic Globe Theatre in London, 1613. The theatre was built by Lord Chamberlain’s Men, part of which was, of course, William Shakespeare. 1 ) The Globe was built in 1599 from the timbers of London’s first permanent theater – Burbage’s Theater. 2 ) Burbage’s Theater was built by James Burbage in 1576 because in 1754 the Common Council of London decided to license performances within the city limits. Burbage’s Theater was built just outside the city’s limits to escape those restrictions. 3) Theaters in the Elizabethan era were also used for gambling, prostitution and… bear baiting. 4 ) There were actually two Globe Theatres, the second one built in 1614 5 ) After collecting money for admission, the collector’s put their boxes in a room backstage – the box office. 6 ) Flags were used to tell the audience what the genre of the play will be. Black was tragedy, red was history and white signified comedy. Flags used as advertising were also displayed. 7 ) The Globe was built by carpenter Peter Smith and his men. At the time it was the best theater in London. 8 ) The theater crest, positioned…

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