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Home --> Language --> Literary Legends

Literary Legends

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.

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        Green bullet = true
        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland sent an admiring Queen Victoria a copy of one his mathematics texts.

Green bullet Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after being challenged by his editor to produce a book using fewer than fifty different words.

Red bullet The nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is a coded reference to the Black Plague.

Red bullet Authors Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. were college classmates and fraternity brothers.

Yellow bullet 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 O - Z.

Red bullet Go Ask Alice was the real-life diary of a teenage girl.

Red bullet Dr. Seuss once wrote a children's book since banned due to its references to suicide and violence.

Red bullet Maya Angelou wrote "A Woman Should Have," a list enumerating items needed by women.

Red bullet Ernest Hemingway once won a bet by crafting a six-word short story.

Red bullet Bram Stoker's novel Dracula features a titular vampire who cannot expose himself to sunlight and is killed with a wooden stake.

Red bullet The serenity prayer was authored by St. Augustine.

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