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Gone with the Wind
The idea of the book being titled Tomorrow is Another Day was trumped by the lines of a poem called Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson: “I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind, Flung roses, roses riotously with the throng, Dancing, to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind"
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Louisa May Alcott
Amos Bronson Alcott was a vegetarian and vegan before it was either fashionable or understood. He was a founding member of Fruitlands, a transcendental vegan community.
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The Great Gatsby
Council on Books in Wartime was a small organization of book-minded Americans who wanted to supply American GIs with quality literature that upheld American values. In the trenches the appetite for stories created a great success out of a critical flop.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
The book contains the character, Dill, who is a neighbor of Scout. Harper Lee was a neighbor and childhood friend of Truman Capote and based their relationship and his character on her childhood experiences.
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Starbucks was founded in 1971, by an English teacher, a history teacher and a writer. Working together to find a great name for their coffee venture, they first chose Pequod, the name of the whaling ship in Moby Dick. However, someone thought to find a more appetizing name from the same text and Starbucks, inspired by the name of Pequod’s first mate, was chosen.
To the LighthouseGulliver's Travels1984Catch-22
This haunting first line describes a changed world where an hour is added to the day, and all the clocks strike at the same time, normalizing conformity.
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He might be best-known as a novelist, but he was also a lepidopterist, or butterfly expert, catching his first specimen at the age of nine and discovering and naming several new species throughout his lifetime.
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In 1995 the salacious website took its name from a salacious family featured in several of Faulkner's books.
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Catcher in the Rye
Before murdering the iconic musician, Mark David Chapman bought a copy of Catcher in the Rye, inscribing it: "This is my statement", and signing it "Holden Caulfield." After the murder he was found calmly reading the novel and later stated: "I’m sure the big part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil."
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Morrison had already won the Pulitzer for her novel Beloved in 1988, and went on to teach at Princeton University. Her contributions to literature, and especially the novel Beloved contributed to her winning the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and becoming the first African-American woman to be so honored.
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Grapes of Wrath
Called a "pack of lies" and "communist propaganda" the book was banned and burned and the FBI took great interest in John Steinbeck. The pressure was so great that he briefly remained fully armed when he left the house.