Fun Facts Friday: Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
Latest Posts / March 9, 2018

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (March 10, 1788 – November 26, 1857) was a Prussian novelist, playwright, translator and poet. Mr. Eichendorff was considered to be a major writer of Romanticism. 1)      Both of his parents were aristocrats from old noble families. His family, however, was always in dire straits. 2)      As a young man, Mr. Eichendorff was schooled at home and kept a diary from a very young age. 3)      Mr. Eichendorff was said to have been a gifted actor and his brother, Wilhelm, a very good singer and guitar player. 4)      One of his most famous poems, The Broken Ring (Das zerbrochene Ringlein), was written after a 19 year old woman broke his heart. 5)      The author tried to join the Lützow Free Corps to fight Napoleon. By the time he had enough money to buy a uniform, gun, and a horse the war was over. 6)      He married Aloysia von Larisch in 1809. Unfortunatly for his parents who hoped he’d marry a rich bride to save their indebted estate, Ms. Larisch was from a poor Catholic family but still a noble one. 7)      Sadly, four of the couple’s children died at young age. 8)      The author’s main occupation was a civil servant for the Prussian government. 9)      Some of the author’s poems…

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Seuss
Latest Posts / March 2, 2018

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 1)      If Dr. Seuss were alive he’d be 107 years old today. 2)      Dr. Seuss’ first book “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” was rejected 27 times before it found a publisher. 3)      Dr. Seuss never had children and according to his wife Audrey he was slightly afraid of them and “couldn’t just sit down on the floor and play with them”. 4)      Seuss was Mrs. Geisel’s (his mother) maiden name. 5)      During his service in the US Army Signal Corps Geisel worked with a wonderful group who would later become animation pioneers such as legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones and renowned voice actor  Mel Blanc. 6)      Dr. Seuss dropped out of Oxford and never received his doctorate. 7)      Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he thought children stories were too boring. 8)      “Green Eggs and Ham” was written as a bet between Geisel and his publisher to come up with a story which uses exactly 50 words (a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat,…

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