Curious Facts About Books: Four

  1. Nabokov wrote some of his novels (including Lolita) on index cards, whilst working at Harvard University as a butterfly curator.


  2. Pride and Prejudice was originally entitled First Impressions.
  3. Neil Gaiman was originally a journalist.  He gave up the profession due to his anger at the fact that people were able to make up stories and get away with it.
  4. Stella Gibbons wrote much of Cold Comfort Farm whilst on the London Underground.
  5. Agatha Christie disliked her creation Hercule Poirot; she called him ‘a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep’.
  6. Ernest Hemingway often wrote standing up.

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