Category: literature

Banned books

Joyce Joyce started writing Ulysses in 1907 and finished 15 years later. It is considered the greatest novel of the 20th century. […]

05/01/2010. Category: literature. Tags: , ,

Encyclopedia factoids

The word encyclopedia is derived from two Greek words meaning “a circle of learning.” The oldest known encyclopedia was written in Greece […]

04/27/2010. Category: literature. Tags:

Complete English novel without using the letter e

Ernest Vincent Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter e. Don’t believe that a novel could […]

04/26/2010. Category: literature. Tags: ,

Gutenberg and the history of the printing press

Johannes Gutenberg is often credited as the inventor of the printing press in 1454. But neither printing nor movable type was actually […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: , , , ,

World’s first novel was written by a woman

In the year 1007 a Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu, wrote the world’s first full novel. Called “The tale of Genji,” it […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: , , ,

The novel and the novella

The novel has always had the reputation of being light entertainment, almost bordering on the frivolous. Part of the blame for this […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: , , ,

New words in the English language

English is the second most spoken language in the world – Mandarin is the most spoken – and has more words than […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: ,

Things you might like to know about copyright

You may be under the false impression that before you can get your text published, you must “get the copyright” to your […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags:

What is copyleft?

Copyleft is a general method for making a program or other work free, and requiring all modified and extended versions of the […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: ,

Writing effectively

A Guide to the Well-Written Text by Jan K., The Proofer. Part 1: Everything we do involves communication – written, verbal, and […]

02/08/2010. Category: literature. Tags: , , ,

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