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.”
Perhaps fittingly given his themes and style, George Orwell’s first word was, reportedly, “beastly.”
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, perhaps the most beloved American poet in history, was actually a teacher...at age 17.
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.”
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 is known as a writer with religious inclinations, but he was actually converted to Christianity by another famous author, JRR Tolkien, in 1931.
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.