Weirdly enough, it's the same guy who gave Snoopy the opening to his epically bad novel.
The origins of Ireland's ‘Emerald Isle’ nickname trace back to the 18th-century physician, poet, and activist who penned the poem “When Erin First Rose.”
From the author’s inspiration to the impact on schools, here’s what you need to know about S.E. Hinton’s iconic coming-of-age novel ‘The Outsiders.’
Plenty of nepo babies have earned their places in history. But it’s always good to acknowledge the doors open to people who have rich relatives—or whose dad knows the manager of a clogging troupe.
Nabokov’s controversial 1955 novel, which was rejected by multiple American publishers, features multiple allusions to Edgar Allan Poe and references a real-life kidnapping.
Long-lost artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more have resurfaced in some unexpected ways.
The road to the bestseller list started with a self-financed trip to the printing press for these famed authors.
The NYPL shares its most-borrowed titles, including a royal memoir and a fictional romance between video game developers.
American writer Gertrude Stein left a profound mark on 20th-century modernism through her literary work and her enthusiastic patronage of avant-garde art. Read on for more facts about her idiosyncratic life.
On New Year’s Eve, after the ball has dropped, revelers queue up "Auld Lang Syne"—that song that makes you cry, even though you don’t understand it and know almost none of the words.
Here are a few things about this iconic piece of literature that might not have been covered in your high school English class.
Some of our favorite figures from history, literature, music, pop culture, and more were born in the first month of the year. Do you share a birthday with one of these famous folks?
Remember when your high school reading list included ‘Atticus,’ ‘Fiesta,’ and ‘The Last Man in Europe’? You will once you see what these books were renamed before they hit bookshelves.
The meaning of ‘Bah, humbug!’ is a little more layered than what people normally attribute to Ebenezer Scrooge of ‘A Christmas Carol.’
Dickens’s unprecedented celebrity made him the most popular novelist of his century—but the author of Great Expectations, Bleak House, A Christmas Carol, and dozens of other works was more than just a writer.
Thomas Hardy’s memorable heroine was modeled after the last woman to be hanged in Dorset, England.
The Middle-earth author spent some imaginary time in the North Pole for an audience of just four people: his children.
Jólabókaflóðið, Iceland's long-running Christmas tradition, involves books, bed, and chocolate—all our favorite things.
Peek behind the curtains of ‘The Nutcracker,’ Tchaikovsky’s famous Yuletide ballet.
James Joyce once famously declared, “The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.“ After 28 years, members of a Venice, California-based book club have come pretty close.
From James Baldwin to Gertrude Stein and beyond, literature’s most celebrated authors have faced stinging and ruthless rejections.
Penguin Books commissioned the work in 1965, but the "A Clockwork Orange" author only completed several hundred entries before discarding the project.
‘Little Women’ author Louisa May Alcott was also an early suffragette who fought against slavery and registered women to vote.
Here’s how to pepper your next argument with Shakespearean insults.