Category Archives: Surprising facts about my favorite authors

20 quirks of famous writers and one very patient blogger

Readers, I’d like to say a few words about writer and blogger, Jack Milgram. Several months ago, Jack sent me a polite note asking if his infographic, 20 Quirks & Strange Habits: The Weird Side of Famous Writers, would be … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: The Jerome K. Jerome Edition

I discovered Jerome K. Jerome after reading Connie Willis’ comic time-travel novel To Say Nothing of the Dog, in which Jerome and his boat full of fellow travelers, canine and otherwise, have an extended cameo. Willis pulled the title of her … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: Raymond Chandler edition

The highlights of Raymond Chandler’s life tell a deeply depressing tale: an alcoholic father violently abused his mother, a mother whose subsequent fearful refusal to have anything to do with men once she was finally free of Chandler’s father no doubt colored Chandler’s … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: Jane Austen Edition

Despite having read several biographies of Jane Austen (as well as every bit of her writing I could get my hands on and countless pieces of fan fiction based on said writings) over the years, I never expected to draft … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe edition

OK, calling Goethe one of my favorite authors is admittedly a bit of a stretch. I did read Elective Affinities in college, however, and I remember thinking it wasn’t terrible. I even wrote a paper about it. In fact, now that I’ve refreshed … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: The Agatha Christie Edition

Did you know that Agatha Christie and her husband may have been among the first Britons to learn how to surf standing up?* Me either. According to Pete Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing, Agatha Christie and her … Continue reading

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