Fun Facts Friday: Jacqueline Susann
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 19, 2011

Tomorrow will be the birthday of bestselling author Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974). While many people had issues with Ms. Susann’s writing skills, she did write several best sellers. 1 )      Jacqueline’s father, Robert, was a portrait painter, her mother, Rose Jans, was a school teacher. 2 )      Jacqueline was known as an intelligent, but lazy student. When Jacqueline scored 140 on her IQ test it prompted her mother to predict that she would become a good writer. 3 )      Wanting to become an actress, Jacqueline participated in seven movies or TV shows. 4 )      Jacqueline hosted a TV talk show called Jacqueline Susann’s Open Door which only lasted about two months. 5 )       “Valley of the Dolls” was rejected by several publishers before becoming a hit. 6 )      The book broke several sales records (it sold around 30 million copies). 7 )      Jacqueline made a cameo appearance as a reporter in the film “Valley of the Dolls”. 8 )      Even though she was in it, Jacqueline hated the film adaptation of her book and walked out of the premiere. 9 )      Jacqueline had three books on the bestseller list all at once. The books were…

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Southey
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 12, 2011

On this day in 1774 Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843), England’s poet laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843, was born. While Mr. Southey seems to have been forgotten by today’s world of poetry, in his time he was widely read and admired.

Fun Facts Friday: Raymond Chandler
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 22, 2011

Tomorrow we are celebrating the birth of two important people who each changed the world in their own unique ways. One of these people is author Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959), creator of the detective Philip Marlowe. 1) Raymond Chandler born in Chicago but raised in England. 2) He worked as a freelance journalist for several newspapers after college. 3) Chandler served during World War I in the Royal Flying Corps. 4) After the war Chandler moved to California. 5) In California Chandler was the director of … independent oil companies. 6) Chandler started writing at age 45 because he lost his job during the depression. 7) The pulp magazine “Black Mask” was the first to publish his stories. 8 ) Chandler’s first novel, “The Big Sleep” was published in 1939. 9) In his lifetime, Chandler only seven novels, but also wrote several screenplays. 10) William Faulkner wrote the screen play for “The Big Sleep”, in which Humphrey Bogart played Philip Marlowe. Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles Morning Bites: Raymond Chandler’s birthday, Stealing books, Frank Lloyd Wright’s gas station, and more (vol1brooklyn.com) Philip Marlowe Collection Season 1-2 / Филип Марлоу Колекция Сезон 1-2…

Fun Facts Friday: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 15, 2011

“The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is an exciting book with some great history behind it. After reading it (book review) I did some research on it and found some amazing and fun facts. 1)      Baroness Emmuska Orczy full name is Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála  Orczy de Orczi. Emmuska, meaning “little Emma”, is a nickname and is pronounced em-moosh-ka. 2)       “The Scarlet Pimpernel” was originally written as a play which received negative reviews but popular success. 3)      The book was published after the play opened and was immediately successful. 4)      The novel was translated to at least 16 languages and been adapted to film, television and even a musical. 5)      Due to the success of her novel, Baroness Orczy wrote a whole series of books associated with “The Scarlet Pimpernel”.  The books were not written in chronological order, however for your convince  here they are in the order they might be read: The Laughing Cavalier The First Sir Percy The Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Leads the Band The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel I Will Repay! The Elusive Pimpernel Eldorado Mam’zelle Guillotine Lord Tony’s Wife The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel Sir Percy Hits Back Adventures…

Fun Facts Friday: Dr. Watson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 8, 2011

Today, August 7 is the birthday of the fictional character Dr. Watson. Created by Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Watson became almost as famous as the protagonist, Sherlock Holmes. 1) Full name John Hamish Watson, M.D born July, 7 1852. 2) Arthur Conan Doyle, a physician by trade as well, died on July 7, 1930 3) Watson attended the University of London Medical School and worked worked at St Batholomew’s Hospital in London as a staff surgeon before joining the English Army in World War I. 4) Coming back from the War, after being wounded, he heard about someone wanting a roommate to share expenses on Baker Street. That was how he met Sherlock Holmes. 5) “Elementary, my dear Watson” is the good doctor’s famous catchphrase. However, he never actually uses that phrase in any of the books. 6) Dr. Watson is the narrator of most of the Holmes books. 7) The good doctor is not only an excellent surgeon and healer, but also described as an excellent marksman with firearms. 8 ) Doyle created Dr. Watson, an ordinary man, to contradict Holmes, the analytical, unemotional machine. 9) Dr. Watson was a precursor to many sidekicks of great fictional detectives such…

Fun Facts Friday: George Sand
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 1, 2011

Today is the birthday of famed author George Sand. Despite the name, Sand was a woman who had a very interesting life. Here are ten facts about her. Portrait of George Sand by Auguste Charpentier (1838) 1)      Born in France on this day in 1804 under the name Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin. 2)      Sand was a descendent of Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland through her father, through illegitimate lines. 3)      Sand became Baroness Dudevant through marriage. 4)      Sand justified her cross dressing (wearing men’s clothes) by saying that they are less expensive and more comfortable than the dress of a noblewoman. 5)      Not giving a hair rat’s behind about social codes, Sand shocked Parisian society by smoking tobacco in public. 6)      Despite, or because, or her behavior, Sand was both hated and admired by writers of her time. 7)      Two years after her divorce, Sand started a love affair with famed composer Frederic Chopin. 8 )      Sand wrote several books in which she drew from her countryside childhood experiences at her grandmother’s estate. 9)      Later, Sand’s inherited the countryside estate and retired there. 10)   Sand’s autobiography is 20 volumes in length. Zohar – Man of la Book   Related articles…

Fun Facts Friday: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 24, 2011

This week we celebrated the birthday of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001). Besides being the wife of the famous aviator, Mrs. Lindbergh was an accomplished woman in her own right. 1) Born Anne Spencer Morrow to Dwight and Elizabeth Morrow in New Jersey. 2) While attending Smith College she won several coveted literary awards. 3) She met her future husband in Mexico through her father, who was Lindbergh’s financial adviser at J.P. Morgan and Co. 4) She flew solo for the first time in 1929 and was the first American woman to earn a first class glider pilot’s license in 1930. 5) The Lindberghs were the first to fly from Africa to South America. 6) Mrs. Lindbergh was hailed as “one of the leading advocates of the nascent environmental movement” after the 1955 publication of her national best seller “Gift from the Sea”. 7) Mrs. Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea” has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 45 languages. 8 ) The Lindberghs lived in New Jersey, New York, England, France, Maine, Michigan, Connecticut, Switzerland, and Hawaii. 9) In 1994, Anne was awarded the Hubbard Medal by the National Geographic Society…

Fun Facts Friday: Father’s Day Edition
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 17, 2011

It’s Father’s Day and while researching this post I have noticed how lacking literature is when it comes to fathers. Even the “manly” novels don’t seem to pay much respect to the role fathers play in the lives of their children. I did manage to get ten though, but tried to stay away from the famous literary father figures (King Lear, Atticus Finch, etc.) which are always given as examples. 1) In “Little Orphan Annie” Daddy Warbuck’s full name is Lieutenant General Oliver Warbucks Picture from http://file.vintageadbrowser.com 2) Charlie Brown’s father’s occupation is a barber. 3) It’s a tradition that Mr. Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor in the play “Peter Pan”. (c)Disney 4) Jack Torrance, the psychotic father in Steven King’s “The Shining”, is a school teacher by trade. Special Father/Son picture – the happiness “shines” 5) Babar, King of the Elephants, is first and foremost a father to Pom, Flora, Alexander and Isabelle. Picture from http://www.terradialtrove.it 6) Charles “Pa” Ingalls, the patriarch of “Little House on the Prairie” series loved to travel and moved his family many times. From Wisconsin, to Indian Territory in southeastern Kansas, then back to Wisconsin, then to southern Minnesota,…

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