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


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


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The nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie” is a coded reference to the Black Plague.


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


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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.


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


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


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Maya Angelou wrote “A Woman Should Have,” a list enumerating items needed by women.


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


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


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The serenity prayer was authored by St. Augustine.

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