8 Classic Books That Are Surprisingly Short

8 Classic Books That Are Surprisingly Short

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If you missed out reading the classics in high school or college, then you’re probably not motivated to pick any of them up. Unless a teacher is going to fail you for not reading East of Eden (which is roughly 600 pages), then you’re probably just not going to read it. Which would be unfortunate, by the way, because that book is juicy as hell.   Not every classic is intimidatingly long, though. Here are some classic books that are surprisingly short (which, for the purposes of this list, is 250 pages or less).   1. The Old Man and …

9 Visionary Books That Helped Shift the Course of History

9 Visionary Books That Helped Shift the Course of History

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  Some writers seek to change the world, while others seek to only change themselves. In any case, these nine authors and editors made such an impact with their work that the contents of their pages made direct change in the real world. Next time somebody tells you that art can’t make a difference, please show them this.    ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ Influenced Austen, Dickens and the Brontës   Image courtesy of AbeBooks   Published in 1755, Samuel Johnson’s  ‘A Dictionary’ provides an impeccably curated tour of the best of the English language up to that point, …

10 Classic Books That Almost Had Different Titles

10 Classic Books That Almost Had Different Titles

Book titles are important: along with the cover, they’re one of the first things we notice when we pick up a novel. We’ve grown so used to some famous book titles that we barely think about them anymore. Of course The Great Gatsby is called The Great Gatsby; why wouldn’t it be? But the truth is, it almost wasn’t. And F. Scott Fitzgerald isn’t the only literary figure who switched up a famous title at the last minute. Here are 10 incredible examples of famous book titles that were almost completely different.   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Which number followed the “Catch-” in Catch-22 …

7 Essential Literary Interviews

7 Essential Literary Interviews

When we learn about an author, we understand more about his or her work. That’s why readers can’t get enough of literary interviews! Through these seven iconic interviews, some of history’s greatest authors and poorest liars stay with us forever. These captured moments are each required reading (or listening/viewing) for any true fan of literature. Raymond Chandler, 1958 (Interviewed by Ian Fleming) Part 2; Part 3; Part 4 This is a two-for-one deal, because legendary crime writer Raymond Chandler is being interviewed by spy novelist extraordinaire Ian Fleming. The conversation between the two men is fascinating. This is also the only known recording of Raymond …