Seven Surprising Works by Famous Writers

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What on earth was he doing writing that? In this post, we explore seven books written by authors more famous for penning other sorts of literary works. These works might be considered the anomaly among these writers’ oeuvres, though sometimes a connection can be glimpsed between the unusual text described and the character of its author.

1. T. S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It is perhaps Eliot’s most famous book, albeit only in an indirect sense (thanks to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical Cats). The book was published in 1939 and has made Eliot’s publisher, Faber and Faber, a fortune. And as we explored in our post on T. S. Eliot, the influence of Eliot’s cat poems on popular culture goes beyond Lloyd-Webber’s musical.

2. Jonathan Swift, Human Ordure. Although he is best remembered for his work of satirical fantasy, Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Swift…

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Words You Need to Know for Easter

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The Easter weekend is upon us, so we’ve turned our literary sights to those words which have an Easter connection. Got your eggs and your hot cross buns at the ready? Then why not sit back, have a bite to eat, and gorge yourself on these literary facts…

Let’s start, obviously, with Easter itself. The word comes from a Germanic word that is probably cognate with ‘east’, and therefore with ‘dawn’ (with the sun rising at dawn in the east) – thus pointing to the spirit of new beginnings which Easter represents. (Indeed, as well as ‘easterly’, there is also the word Easterly which means ‘of or relating to Easter’.) Bede, in the early eighth century, was the first person to mention the theory that ‘Eostre’, from the same linguistic origin, was a pagan fertility goddess (a theory that is widely rejected). However, Easter obviously does draw on earlier…

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