Voltaire considered Shakespeare's works so deplorable that he referred to the Bard as "that drunken fool."
There is no living descendant of William Shakespeare.
The original title of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impressions.
The Indian epic poem the Mahabhrata is eight times longer than the Lliad and the Odyssey combined.
The great English poet John Keats died at the age of twenty-six.
The fairy tales "Puss in Boots," "Little Red Ridinghood," "Cinderella," and many others were first written down by Charles Perrault, who also helped design part of the Louvre.
Shakespeare once wrote a play called What You Will. (Its alternative title: Twelfth Night.)
Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past contains almost 1.5 million words.
John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress, wrote most of his famous book while in jail. He was imprisoned for twelve years for preaching without a license.
In James M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the place where children go with Peter Pan is not called "Never-Never Land." It is called "Neverland."