Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Facts of Fame- 10 things you never knew about your favorite authors ;)

I am sorry I haven't posted for awhile...the growing season is creeping up on us, and with it less time for writing and blogging! :) But since I just discovered that it has been two weeks since I have posted anything on here, I feel rightfully ashamed of myself, and I mean to reform. I thank every one of you who hasn't forsaken this blog, even though it has dabbled too much in inactivity!
If you are anything like me, you love random facts about people, places, anything! And that's a key to writing: finding out the things that others pass over, and twining them into your stories somehow. :)
So here are 10 facts that I hope you won't already have heard about famous authors. ;) Enjoy them! :)

1. C. S. Lewis's gardener, Fred Paxford, was the model for Puddleglum in The Silver Chair. Upon finding out that he only inherited 100 pounds after Lewis's death he remarked: "Werl, it won't take me far, wull it?"

2. Dickens was obsessive-compulsive over his hair- he looked in the mirror and combed it hundreds of times a day!

3. Mark Twain considered Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne Shirley" to be the best girl in literature since Lewis Carroll's "Alice"

Jane Austen first tried to publish Pride and Prejudice with the title: First Impressions

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote over 5,000 poems in her lifetime

The famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, took his name from Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake

Poet Walter de la mare, for the last 17 years of his life, lived in the same street that Alfred Lord Tennyson had lived in

Laura Ingalls Wilder, although falling into ill health in her early eighties, told everyone that she wanted to live to be 90 "because Almanzo had". She achieved the goal, dying 3 days after her 90th birthday

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes stories, believed in fairies, partly convinced by some photos of fairies, taken by two young cousins. The cousins, though they admitted the pictures were a hoax, were too embarrassed to admit it publicly, after fooling such a man as Sir Arthur

Thornton W. Burgess wrote at least 169 story books about woodland animals for children :)


Horse Lover said...

very interesting indeed. Yes, I love random facts. :-D

Arun said...

It is a pity that Sir Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was tricked into believing in the existence of fairies.