14 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Famous Authors

  • October 28, 2015
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Oscar Wilde

One of the great wits in history, Oscar Wilde’s last words were, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has got to go.”


George Orwell

Perhaps fittingly given his themes and style, George Orwell’s first word was, reportedly, “beastly.”


Ray Bradbury

The famous science fiction author never bothered to get his driver’s license, because he was adamantly against anyone driving a car after witnessing a fatal accident as a kid.


Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman, perhaps the most beloved American poet in history, was actually a teacher...at age 17.


Charles Dickens

One of the most legendary authors ever, Charles Dickens was also, amazingly, an early ghost hunter, belonging to a London group called the “Ghost Club.”


Dr. Seuss

Also known as Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss started writing under that name after getting kicked off of the staff of Dartmouth’s humor magazine for drinking bootleg gin.


CS Lewis

CS Lewis is known as a writer with religious inclinations, but he was actually converted to Christianity by another famous author, JRR Tolkien, in 1931.


JRR Tolkien

And speaking of Tolkien, it’s said that, rather astonishingly, he knew roughly 20 languages - which is maybe why it was so easy for him to create his own, full Elvish language.