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.