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Literature

The Origin of Trolls

April 18, 2019

We may think we know a lot about trolls from that Dreamworks movie with Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, simply called Trolls, or from the band of helpful matchmakers in Disney’s Frozen, but ...

Remember Little Audrey?

March 5, 2019

Do you remember Little Audrey? In 1947, Famous Studios cartoons introduced Little Audrey, a character that was akin to the popular Little Lulu cartoon. Little Audrey was a precocious young gir...

The True Story of the Essex, the Inspiration for "Moby ...

February 13, 2019

Gregory Peck in a scene from the 1956 movie “Moby Dick'' Source: (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) In 1851, Herman Melville published hi...

The Origin of Sherlock Holmes

January 13, 2019

Sherlock Holmes LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A reproduction of a copy of the book 'A Study in Scarlet' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 8th December 1986. Source: (Photo by Georges De Ke...

The Rise of the Great American Folk Hero

January 3, 2019

Illustration of Davy Crockett killing a bear, circa 1800s. Source: (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images). Without radio and television to keep them entertained, people of the 1800...

Writers Inspired by Their Own Lives or Others

November 10, 2018

Clipping of an engraving based on daguerreotype of American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Get...

A Love Story: J.R.R. Tolkien Proposed to His Wife By Ma...

July 2, 2017

By all accounts, famous writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith, had a close and happy marriage. They were married for 55 years, with Edith following...

For 75 Years a Mysterious Man Visited Edgar Allan Poe’s...

June 27, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe, died under mysterious circumstances on October 7th of 1849 when he was only 40 years old. He was a very prolific author; he left behind a legac...

How Unrecognizable Was The English Language Just 400 Ye...

May 22, 2017

The version of English we know has only been around for a short time. Today many of us find it difficult to understand the language of Shakespeare, who wrote bar...

20 Expressions in the English Language that Originated ...

May 19, 2017

William Shakespeare is one of most famous and arguably greatest writers the world has ever produced. He elevated the English language to such an extent that many ...

Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their Novels

October 27, 2016

This fascinating infographic from Jonkers Rare Books illustrates the unpublished titles of some of the most famous books of Western fiction, and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kam...

10 Of The Most Ancient Pieces Of Literature Ever Found

May 24, 2016

While many of humanity's early writings are lost, never to be seen or read by anyone, there are some that have luckily been discovered and preserved, giving us a rar...

This 500-Year-Old Love Letter Found in Mummy Tells The ...

February 13, 2016

A poetic and heartbreaking love letter was found buried beside a mummy of a 16th century male. The love letter was penned by the mummy's pregnant widow. The male ...