Don Quixote is believed to have sold over 500,000,000 copies since it was first published in 1605. If true, this would make it the highest-selling novel of all time.
Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was also a famous author. Her best-known work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, is considered to be one of the most important works in feminist philosophy.
An early draft of John Steinbeck’s best-seller, Of Mice and Men, was eaten by his pet dog.
Jane Austen’s original manuscript for Pride and Prejudice was titled First Impressions. Ironically, it was rejected by publishers.
To Kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s only published novel.
It took Joseph Heller eight years to complete the original manuscript for Catch-22.
Roald Dahl’s original notes for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory described the character of Charlie Bucket as a “small Negro boy”.
Next week is Book Week.
Daily Useless Trivia.
Moby takes his stage name from the novel Moby Dick, which was written by his great-great-great-great uncle, Herman Melville.
Jack Nicholson was the first actor to use the word ‘cunt’ in a Hollywood film, in 1971’s Carnal Knowledge.
Budweiser beer was originally named for a small town in the Czech Republic.
Alaska has more caribou than people.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is a fear of the number 666.
If you laid a human being’s small intestine in a straight line, it would be four times as long as their body.
China is the world’s largest gold producer, producing 370 metric tonnes in 2012.