SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in nine out of the ten Dewey library categories.
Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.
The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.
When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’
Stephen King suffers from triskaidekaphobia. When he’s writing, he will never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13. Given that so much of his work plays on mankind’s deepest and darkest fears and superstitions, it’s quite apt that the bestselling horror author is himself superstitious when it comes to this dreaded number.
Gertrude Stein claimed the water-drinking patterns of her dog, Basket, taught her the difference between sentences and paragraphs in writing.
Amy Lowell once bought a stash of 10,000 cigars, claiming she needed them to help her write.
When Dr. Seuss was stuck writing his books, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till the words came.
Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.
J.R.R Tolkein thought there were no new stories but only a ‘Cauldron of Story’ which writers dip into as they write.
Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.
Agatha Christie suffered from dysgraphia which meant she could not write legibly; as a result, she dictated all of her novels.
Anthony Trollope began his writing day at 5.30 every morning. He would write 250 words every 15 minutes, pacing himself with a watch.
Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote both sharpened pencils to help them think while they were writing.
Truman Capote would often write while lying on his back, with a glass of sherry in one hand and a pencil in the other.
Graham Greene would write 500 words a day and then stop – even in the middle of a sentence.
Vladimir Nabokov and Gertrude Stein both liked to write while sitting in a parked car.
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