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.


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.)