2. Oh, and the Tin Woodman’s “real” name is Nick Chopper. More
November 29, 2012
November 26, 2012
2. Because it was unfinished, it’s not known who killed the title character – or, indeed, even if the title character has been killed or has merely disappeared. (Whatever the case, he’s actually a pretty annoying guy.) More
October 4, 2012
2. The novels are set on an alternate Earth in which time travel is very much possible, cloning has brought back extinct species, Wales is a communist nation, and, most surprising of all, books and literary figures are as popular as movies and movie stars in our world. As a result, Thursday’s occupation is Literary Detective, working for the government on book-related crimes. (Dream job with my name on it.)
September 24, 2012
1. L. (for “Lyman”) Frank Baum first took readers to the marvelous land of Oz in 1900, via The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (And I am quite thankful that he did so.)
2. Oz is divided into 5 major regions: The Emerald City in the center and the lands of the Winkies (to the west), the Munchkins (to the east), the Quadlings (to the south) and the Gillikins (to the north).
September 14, 2012
1. Best known as the author of the children’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl’s work usually had a dark undercurrent to it and tended to avoid the sentimental in favor of the odd, the melancholy or the grotesque (as well as the humorous).
2. Although his fame today is primarily based on his children’s work, he wrote many pieces (novels, poems, short stories, memoirs, screenplays) for adult audiences. Among those screenplays is the James Bond flick, You Only Live Twice; his child-oriented screenplays include that for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
September 5, 2012
1. Born June 27, 1914, this English author died February 26, 1981.
2. In addition to being a writer, he was a committed conservationist and helped found the Inland Waterways Association, which seeks to preserve England’s old canals.
August 28, 2012
1. The first phone book was published in 1878. (The same year as Anna Karenina – really, the similarities are astoubnding!)
2. It was only one page long and listed 50 businesses in New Haven, CT. (New York is so jealous that New Haven was ahead of them on this one.)
August 14, 2012
1. He’s not French, he’s Belgian. (You don’t know how long it took for that to sink into my head when I was growing up.) (If I have indeed actually grown up by now. It’s open for debate.)
2. M. Poirot has appeared in more than 30 novels, more than 50 short stories and one play. By Agatha Christie, that is; God only knows how many works of fan fiction have featured him.