literature
Books
Librarian Creates Fake Patron to Keep Books on Shelves
The fictional "Chuck Finley" checked out 2361 books last year.... READ ON
Weird
Someone Is Strategically Placing Poems Around a British Supermarket
The verse-loving perp left the poem "Deer" in the meat section atop some venison.... READ ON
Books
5 Ways Grimm's Fairy Tales Changed After the First Edition
List
10 Things You Might Not Know About J.R.R. Tolkien
There are plenty of things even the most ardent fans don't know about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.... READ ON
TV
Benedict Cumberbatch is Related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Researchers at Ancestry.com made a not-so-elementary discovery.... READ ON
Videos
This Supercut Fits 400 Versions of A Christmas Carol Into One Movie
Watch 173 years of adaptations in under an hour.... READ ON
List
15 Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters
Shakespearian and fairy tale characters have a wealth of complexes and syndromes named after them.... READ ON
Quizzes
Time to Speed-Sort Literature
Books
10 Ignominious Facts About The Scarlet Letter
A few things you might not know about the high school English class staple.... READ ON
List
7 of History's Most Famous Pairs of Pen Pals
These well known duos lived out their relationships on the page.... READ ON
Books
The Literary Man Hotel in Portugal Is Home to 45,000 Books
They aim to have 100,000 books by the end of the year.... READ ON
Books
21 Famous Authors and Their Favorite Books
One key to being a good writer is to always keep reading—and that doesn't change after you've been published.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
Shakespearean Theater Excavation Sheds Light on the Staging of ‘Henry V’
The theater's notable shape may have influenced the play.... READ ON
Design
Literary Tights Display Classic Texts on Your Legs
Wear the works of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe as fashion statements.... READ ON
Books
How One of the Victorian Era’s Most Famous Actors Became Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Scholars believe Stoker’s intense, sensual Count Dracula was partly inspired by his relationship with actor Henry Irving.... READ ON
Videos
Watch Aldous Huxley Discuss 'Technodictators'
"All technology is in itself morally neutral." -Aldous Huxley... READ ON

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