14 Intriguing Facts About Famous Books

5. Leo Tolstoy actually developed a skeptical attitude towards his world-famous masterpiece War and Peace. In January 1871, he sent a letter to his friend Afanasy Fet, in which he wrote, ’How happy I am…that I shall never again write such verbose rubbish like War.’

6. J.K. Rowling finished her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in 1995. The literary agent who agreed to represent Rowling submitted the manuscript to twelve publishing houses. It was rejected by every one of them. A year later the book was approved by editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, a publishing house in London. Although they agreed to publish the book, Cunningham says that he advised Rowling to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money doing what she did — writing children’s books.

14 intriguing facts about famous books

7. Victor Hugo was on vacation when his Les Misérables was published in 1862. Being curious about the reaction to his work, he sent a single-character telegram to his publisher Hurst and Blackett: a question mark — ’?’ The publisher replied with a single exclamation mark ’!’ to indicate the success the book had. It was probably the shortest correspondence in history.

8. A fictional sea song from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island goes: Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!’ Many suppose that ’Yo-ho-ho’ stands for pirates’ laughter. However, this is not quite true. This chant was used by seamen while hauling ropes or performing other strenuous work as a team.

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