Behind every great story is another great story. However, these stories about the authors, how their books were initially received, and other interesting literary tidbits are not often known, so today I am going to share some of these fun facts about well-known authors and their books.
- Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife burned his first draft of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because she didn’t like it, calling the story “nonsense.” Robert Louis Stevenson had to rewrite it.
- It is believed that Shakespeare added over 1,700 words to the English language.
- Washington Irving, author of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, was an insomniac. How’s that for irony?
- Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when poet Lord Byron proposed a ghost story contest among a group of friends.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, in only three weeks. He also ran a medical surgery during this time.
- Authors Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe were neighbors when they lived in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published in 1841 and is commonly recognized as the first modern detective story.
- Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham was banned from China for portraying “early Marxism.”
- Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, used to work for Cadbury after school taste testing their chocolates.