Books & Authors : Did you know

Did you know : William Shakespeare invented the word "hurry"

In the book, Les Miserable by Victor Hugo there is one sentence that is 823 words long.

When Vic wrote to his editor inquiring about their opinion of the manuscript, he wrote, “?” They answered, “!”

It took Noah Webster thirty-six years to write his first dictionary.

One out of every eight letters you read is the letter 'e'.

Gadsby was written by Ernest Vincent Wright in 1939. The 50,000 word novel doesn't contain the letter 'e'.

J.K. Rowling had difficulty getting published. Finally, Bloomsburry Press agreed to publish it but only published 500 copies. They also requested she use initials so she wouldn't be recognized as a female writer. She has no middle name, so she chose the letter K for Kathleen.

Before The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown was a pop singer and song writer. His second solo album was titled, Angels and Demons.

Sidney Sheldon didn't start writing novels until he was in his fifties. Before then he was creating television hit shows like I Dream of Jeannie and The Patty Duke Show.

The largest book in the world is "The Klencke Atlas" at 1.75 meters tall (about 5 feet 9 inches) and 1.90 meters wide (about 6 feet 3 inches when open).

The world's most expensive book ever purchased was bought by Bill Gates at auction for $30.8 million dollars. The title of the book is Codex Leicester by Leonard da Vinci.

The longest novel available to read is Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach at 17 million words. You can actually read this novel online.

The most expensive book is The Task by Tomas Alexander Hartmann. It has a value by the author for 153 million euros. That's about 213 million U.S. dollars. And the kicker, it's only 13 pages long.

It took Leo Tolstoy six years to write “War & Peace”.

Virgina Woolf wrote all her books standing.