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    13 Facts About Famous Authors That Will Make You See Them Differently

    I don't know what to believe anymore.

    1. Dan Brown, the famed author of Da Vinci Code, was previously a pop singer and had once written a song about phone sex.

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    2. The author of Famous Five and Secret Seven Series, Enid Blyton, hated kids and got hopping mad whenever children made a racket in her neighborhood.

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    Even her younger daughter Imogen called her, "arrogant, insecure, pretentious and without a trace of maternal instinct."

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    3. The accomplished horror writer Stephen King has triskaidekaphobia, irrational fear of number 13.

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    He's so terrified of it that he wouldn't pause reading or writing if he's on page 13 or it's multiples till he reaches a safe number.

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    4. Apart from being an adept author, Mark Twain was also the inventor of the self-pasting scrapbook and the elastic-clasp brassiere strap.

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    5. Lewis Carroll allegedly proposed to the real 11-year-old Alice and was also thought to be a "heavily repressed pedophile".

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    6. Charles Dickens was so fascinated with dead bodies that he'd spend most of his time at the Paris Morgue.

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    7. On May 16, 1836, Edgar Allan Poe married his first cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm. He was 26 at that time, and she was 13.

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    8. William S. Burroughs, the author of Naked Lunch, shot his wife in the head during a drunken attempt at playing William Tell.

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    The controversial beat writer had also once chopped the top joint of his finger to gift his ex-boyfriend but instead presented it to his psychiatrist, who freaked out and committed him to a private clinic.

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    9. Two young school girls tricked Sherlock Holmes's author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into believing in the existence of fairies.

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    10. Jonathan Swift, the creator of Gulliver's Travels, was first to coin the name Vanessa.

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    11. Alexandre Dumas's pants fell off during his first duel at age 23.

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    12. J.R.R Tolkien was known to be a wacky prankster who once dressed as an ax-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chased his neighbor.

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    13. Maya Angelou once worked as a sex worker and a 'madam', and chronicled her experiences in her memoir Gather Together in My Name.

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