• shakespeare put a curse on his own tomb to dissuade gravediggers.
  • balzac preferred not to ejaculate out of fear it would sap his creative energy.
  • edgar allan poe was afraid of the dark and was educated in a cemetery. he learned math by adding and subtracting the dates on gravestones.
  • charles dickens and lewis carroll reportedly had ocd.
  • the bronte sisters lived in a house surrounded on three sides by graveyards.
  • henry david thoreau invented raisin bread.
  • emily dickinson was so reclusive, she forced doctors to examine her from behind a closed door.
  • alice's adventures in wonderland might had been the by product of lewis carroll's chronic migraines, which caused migraine aura perceptions.
  • in the book jack the ripper, light-hearted friend, author richard wallace makes the case that lewis carroll was victorian london's notorious murderer jack the ripper.
  • louisa may alcott was addicted to opium, which she used to help her sleep during her long battle with the effects of mercury poisoning.
  • mark twain once delivered an entire speech on breaking wind to an audience that included queen victoria.
  • twain was born when halley's comet was visible and correctly predicted he would die when it returned. twain died the day after the comet came back.
  • oscar wilde and ernest hemingway spent much of their childhood wearing girl's clothes at the behest of their mothers.
  • sir arthur conan doyle believed fairies were real and that houdini had psychic powers.
  • conan doyle was named after king arthur.
  • sherlock holmes was originally named sherringford hope.
  • w.b. yeats believed his mystical alter ego was a 16th century adventurer named leo africanus, whom yeats 'met' at a seance.
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user picture Alexandra: woooow this is fantastic :D jul 20 2013
user picture tangles: thanks alex! i got these facts from the book 'secret lives of great authors' by robert schnakenberg. its a great read and i wanted to keep a list to remember. im about half way through.
user picture Maggie: haha this is awesome <3 aug 19 2013
user picture tangles: thanks maggie! oct 28 2013
user picture zakiyyah: this is really cool, i'll have to read that book oct 21 2013
user picture tangles: i def recommend it. it was SO fun to read. oct 28 2013