Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Writer Trivia

I picked up a bargain copy of The Ultimate Book of Useless Information recently and decided to share a few fun facts you all might find interesting:

Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner once worked as a rum runner to make money because he couldn't find a publisher to publish his novels.

Charles Dickens penned in Puny Pete, Little Larry, and Small Sam before settling on Tiny Tim for his crippled child in A Christmas Carol (which he wrote in just six weeks).

Ernest Hemingway once admitted that he had revised the last page of A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times.

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters mt.

The word robot comes from the Czechoslovakian word robotovat, which means "to work very hard".

The longest sentence in literature was written by Victor Hugo in Les Miserables and came to a staggering 823 words.

In 1900, Americans voted their favorite book, after the Bible, as The Sears Roebuck Catalog.

Ian Fleming's favorite cocktail was Pink Gin and not a Vodka Martini.

There are twenty different kinds of kisses described in the erotic Indian text the Kama Sutra.

The slow-witted character named Moron in Moliere's play La Princesse d'Elide created a new word in the dictionary.

Happy writing!

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