11 Fascinating Facts about Literature

Here are 11 facts that you may not know about some renowned literature:

  • Although the bible is the book that has sold the most copies, the best-selling novel of all time is Don Quixote.


  • In the 1964 edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie was originally described by Dahl as “a small negro boy.”


  • First Impressions was the original title for Pride and Prejudice.


  • The James Bond novels were written on the same desk on which Sting wrote ‘Every Breath You Take’.


  • Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”!


  • Marcel Proust wrote the longest book in the world. ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’ has 9,609,000 characters and translates into Remembers of Things Past.


  • Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace was copied approximately 7 times by hand by his wife.


  • Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was banned in China as it was said that animals should not be given the power to use the language of humans.


  • The earliest known written instance of the word ‘book’ is in a book by Alfred the Great.


  • Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.


  • The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.

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