Ten Interesting Literature-Based Facts That I Have Learned Over The Holidays

Excessive use of capitals for this post title? I know. “Interesting Facts”? Also a contentious point.
But I found these ten facts interesting and certainly worth sharing on a blog based on language and literature. So this is what I have done. I imagine that’s pretty clear as you have been reading this post now for the last 30 seconds.

Anyway, good, yes, on we go!

1) The first half of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ manuscript was chewed up by his dog. This has been widely considered as a good move on the dog’s part, according to the majority of English school children. But alas, Steinbeck rewrote it.

2) Aldous Huxley, author of the famous dystopian novel ‘A Brave New World’ was the French teacher of the perhaps more famous dystopian writer George Orwell. Orwell attended Eton College as pupil and Huxley was a French tutor there at the time.

3) Only once is the age of a woman mentioned in the Bible. That woman was the wife of Abraham, Sarah and she is said to be 127 years of age.

4) Working titles of The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald include ‘Trimalchio in West Egg’ and ‘The High Bouncing Lover’. I prefer ‘The High Bouncing Lover’ to the published title but then I am somewhat biased (https://criticaldan4th.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/the-good-gatsby-getting-better/).

5) There are some whales alive today that were alive when Moby Dick was first published. The book was written by Herman Melville in 1851 and some whales have been recorded to live for up to 200 years!


6) Agatha Christie was one of the first people to enjoy surfing whilst standing up. She had been an avid bodyboarder for many years but it wasn’t until a trip to Hawaii that she tried out standing up whilst surfing. She was one of the first from the UK to be known as a fan apparently!

7) ‘Mein Kampf’ written by Adolf Hitler was published in 1925 and consists of his personal plans for Germany’s future. But during his years in power, it was given away free to newlywed couples in a special ‘wedding edition’.

8) Charles Dickens had suitably eccentric nicknames for his children including: Flaster Floby, Lucifer Box, Chicken Stalker and Plorn.

9) ‘Esperanto’ in the language Esperanto means ‘hopeful’. esperanto estas internacia lingvo kiu devus esti uzata pli ofte…

10) The most common book that people cite to have read but haven’t really is George Orwell’s 1984. It is a one of my favourites so if you are one of those embarrassed liars, you should definitely seek it out and read it.

So there you have it! Admittedly Fact 9 wasn’t literature, but language-related but it was still interesting!

What do you think? Were these Ten Interesting Facts? Feel free to share and comment!

“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” – PG Wodehouse

Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Staart_van_een_Zuidkaper.jpg Date: December 2010 Author: E. Schreurs


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