An author created a 1000 page book that is made up of a single run on sentence.
Benjamin Franklin published a yearly almanac called Poor Richard’s Almanack. The publication was extremely popular, selling 10,000 copies per year, making Franklin rich. In 1735, upon the death of his brother, Franklin sent 500 copies to his widow so she could make money selling them.
Ray Bradbury wrote the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter in UCLA Library’s basement that cost 10 cents for 30 minutes. 9 days and $9.80 later he had a short story titled ‘ The Fireman’ that was later expanded into Fahrenheit 451.
In 1953, a member of the Indiana Textbook Commission attempted to ban teaching Robin Hood in schools stating “there is a Communist directive in education now to stress the story of Robin Hood, they want to stress it because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. That’s the Communist line.”
The book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ created controversy when it was first published because many parents and people thought that the wild things looked too scary for children.
The ‘Worst book ever written’ called ‘English as She Is spoke’ was a Portuguese-English phrasebook written by a man who did not speak English, Instead relying on a Portuguese–French phrasebook and a French–English dictionary.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was written over a period of three weeks after he was misdiagnosed with brain cancer and given a year to live.He decided to spend that year writing five novels to provide for his wife after his death. Ironically, he outlived her.
In 1959, White American Journalist, John Howard Griffin used a combination of sun lamps and drugs for treating Vitiligo, to darken his skin and travel through the segregated South. He detailed his travels in his Book “Black Like Me”.
Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from “As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe.”, to “Oh, my hand.” and, “A curse on thee, O pen!”
In 1789, George Washington borrowed a book from the New York Society Library and never returned it. In 2010, Mount Vernon staff returned the book 221 years late, by which time the overdue fine had reached $300,000, adjusted for inflation. (The fine was waived.)