14 Intriguing Facts About Famous Books

We believe that every book has an untold secret or a great hidden story behind it. If you haven’t heard them, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Today, we decided to share some of those secrets with you. Book lovers, enjoy!

1. If you think that reading fine detective fiction gives you nothing in terms of practical knowledge, the story that stands behind Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse will prove you wrong. In fact, the detailed description of thallium poisoning given by the author, who herself had worked in a hospital and then a pharmacy, actually saved real lives. In 1977, a girl in a London hospital was suffering from an unknown disease that doctors were having a hard time identifying. A nurse, who happened to be a fan of detective stories, realized that the patient’s symptoms were typical for thallium poisoning, as described in The Pale Horse. Eventually, the doctors saved the girl’s life.

2. A famous dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is believed to derive its name from the fact that paper catches fire and burns at this temperature. The truth is paper does catch fire and burn at 451 degrees, but on the Celsius scale and not the Fahrenheit. As the author of the book explained later, the mix-up with the temperature scales was an honest mistake — a fire security specialist, who Bradbury consulted when choosing a name for his book, simply confused the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales of temperatures.

14 intriguing facts about famous books

3. The phrase ’Two plus two equals five’ is notably used in chapter seven of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is believed to have come from the Soviet Union’s idea of achieving a five-year economic boost in just four years starting from 1928.

4. Barbara Remington, an American artist, was to create a cover for the 1965 paperback edition of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The illustrator most certainly didn’t have a chance to read the book before she submitted her artworks. As a result, on the cover of the book we can see a frog, a lizard, two emus, and some sort of a tree with pink bulbs on the top. Welcome to Middle Earth!

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