In this section we turn away from the language itself and instead focus on its application. Here we investigate legends about works of literature and their creators.
The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland sent an admiring Queen Victoria a copy of one his mathematics texts.
Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after being challenged by his editor to produce a book using fewer than fifty different words.
The nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is a coded reference to the Black Plague.
Authors Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. were college classmates and fraternity brothers.
The name of the make-believe land featured in L. Frank Baum's series of Oz books was taken from a file cabinet drawer labelled
Go Ask Alice was the real-life diary of a teenage girl.
Dr. Seuss once wrote a children's book since banned due to its references to suicide and violence.
Maya Angelou wrote "A Woman Should Have," a list enumerating items needed by women.
Ernest Hemingway once won a bet by crafting a six-word short story.
Bram Stoker's novel Dracula features a titular vampire who cannot expose himself to sunlight and is killed with a wooden stake.
The serenity prayer was authored by