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20 Literary Facts To Impress Your Friends With

Aside from scoring book nerd points, these will also help you dominate on trivia night!

1. The original title of Fahrenheit 451 was The Fireman.

2. And Bradbury also wrote the 1956 screenplay for Moby Dick.

3. Don Quixote is the best-selling novel of all time, with over 500 million copies sold.

4. Edgar Allan Poe originally wanted a parrot to repeat the word "nevermore."

5. The first publisher willing to print copies of Lolita was Olympia Press.

6. Charles Dickens believed in the supernatural, and he belonged to something called The Ghost Club.

7. The protagonist in C.S. Lewis' science fiction trilogy was modeled after his friend and fellow author J.R.R. Tolkien.

8. John Steinbeck's original manuscript for Of Mice and Men was eaten by a dog.

9. Anna Karenina is over 800 pages long, but it was originally published in serialized form.

10. Gabriel García Márquez refuses to allow One Hundred Years of Solitude to be made into a film.

11. To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's only novel, even though it won a Pulitzer Prize and spent 88 weeks on the best seller list.

12. The first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published in 1964 and was also pretty racist.

13. Catch-22 took eight years to complete.

14. The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's only published novel, and it forced him into hiding.

15. Ernest Hemingway hated the original cover of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

16. The manuscript for A Moveable Feast was stored in the basement of the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

17. The band U2 borrowed a chapter title in Lord of the Flies to name one of their songs.

18. Pride and Prejudice was originally titled First Impressions.

19. The Monster in Frankenstein has no name, but Mary Shelley once referred to him as "Adam."

20. The original title for Where the Wild Things Are was Where the Wild Horses Are, and it would've featured horses.