Curious Facts About Books: Five

  1. William Makepeace Thackeray was so moved by his reading of Jane Eyre that he broke down in tears in front of his butler.


    Virginia and Vanessa Stephen playing cricket

  2. Charles Dickens gave himself many nicknames.  They included ‘The Sparkler of Albion’, ‘Revolver’, and ‘The Inimitable’.
  3. Virginia Woolf was a keen cricketer, and her family called her ‘the demon bowler’.
  4. 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.’
  5. In 1862, novelist Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who coined the phrase ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’, was offered the throne of Greece.
  6. Due to his failing eyesight, James Joyce wrote much of Finnegan’s Wake with a crayon on pieces of cardboard.

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