- William Makepeace Thackeray was so moved by his reading of Jane Eyre that he broke down in tears in front of his butler.
- Charles Dickens gave himself many nicknames. They included ‘The Sparkler of Albion’, ‘Revolver’, and ‘The Inimitable’.
- Virginia Woolf was a keen cricketer, and her family called her ‘the demon bowler’.
- A school report of Roald Dahl’s said, ‘I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended.’
- In 1862, novelist Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who coined the phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’, was offered the throne of Greece.
- Due to his failing eyesight, James Joyce wrote much of Finnegan’s Wake with a crayon on pieces of cardboard.