Remember those "required reading" books you picked up for English class? Whether you read them voluntarily or by force, chances are some of those narratives impacted you. If reading wasn't your thing, you probably opted to consume these works via film adaptations.
There are a lot of fascinating stories behind the iconic novels we all grew up consuming. From humble beginnings on a typewriter to influencing pop culture, Hollywood, and the government, here are some things we wish we knew while reading these books in school.