Literary Fact of the Day

Those of you who follow Book Riot on Twitter know that we run a daily nugget of literary trivia there called, well, “Literary Fact of the Day.”

Here’s a sampling from the last couple of weeks:

  • Oct 3: Faulker said that Thomas Wolfe may have been the most talented writer of their generation.
  • Oct 4: In Oct 2010, Anne Rice sold more than 7000 volumes from her personal collection to Powell’s Books.
  • Oct 5: In 2006, Vaclav Havel received an award from the Ukranian govt with the best name ever: “The Order of Yaroslav the Wise.”
  • Oct 6: Diderot sold his personal library to fund his daughter’s dowry.
  • Oct 7: Thomas Keneally, Colleen McCullough, Tim Winton, and David Malouf have all been declared “Living Treasures” in Australia.
  • Oct 8: RL Stine has sold more than 400 million books.
  • Oct. 9: Frank Herbert’s wife worked as an ad writer for a department store to support the couple during the six years it took to write Dune.
  • Oct 10: Ivo Andric donated all of his Nobel prize money to libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovinia.
  • Oct 11: The TV series Justified is based on Elmore Leonard’s character Raylan Givens.
  • Oct 12: Katharine Mansfield died of a pulmonary hemorrhage after running up a flight of stairs to show her husband how well she was.
  • Oct 13: ee cummings wrote nearly 3000 poems.
  • Oct 14: Though PG Wodehouse was happily married for years, he never had any children and it is speculated that a childhood case of mumps rendered him sterile.

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So, follow Book Riot on Twitter to get these (and links not only to good stuff here but elsewhere on the literary internet). You can also search for the hashtag, #lfotd. If you’re not on Twitter, you’ll just have to wait patiently for semi-regular wrap-ups here.

Also, if you know of a tasty little morsel of bookish knowledge, let us know in the comments or on Twitter. (If we use it, we’ll give you full credit.)

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