Archive for the 'Novel Urban Legends Revealed' Category

Did Graham Greene Enter and Then LOSE a “Write Like Graham Greene” Contest?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Graham Greene came in second in a contest to parody Graham Greene’s writing style. Graham Greene was a popular and critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter and critic during the […]

Did the CIA Really Help the Author of Doctor Zhivago Win a Nobel Prize?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) aided Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize chances in 1958 for his novel Doctor Zhivago. While he began work on it decades earlier, it was not […]

Was Charles Dickens Really Paid by the Word?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Charles Dickens was paid by the word. Reader Audrey sent in this one awhile back, and it’s a very popular one – the notion that noted novelist Charles Dickens […]

Were the Bronte Sisters Raised as Vegans?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: The Brontë sisters were forbidden by the their father from eating meat. The three Brontë sisters (not counting their two older sisters who died in their youth) were all […]

Did Stephen King’s Wife Fish Carrie Out of the Trash and Compel Her Husband to Finish the Novel?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Stephen King’s wife fished his work on the novel Carrie out of the trash and forced him to finish it. A major example of a matter of chance having […]

Was the Taser Really Invented Based on an Invention From a Tom Swift Novel?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: The taser was invented based on a device in a Tom Swift novel (the taser was actually named AFTER the novel) Edward Stratemeyer invented the Tom Swift series of […]

Did Robert B. Parker Invent a Character in a Novel Series for Helen Hunt?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Robert B. Parker created a popular series of novels just so an actress could have a good role – a role she never ended up playing. Robert B. Parker […]

Was Samuel Richardson’s Pamela Written as a Self-Help Book?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Pamela began originally as basically a self-help book. What we now know as “self-help” books really have their root in the middle ages in what was called a “conduct […]

Did Cervantes Write Don Quixote While in Prison?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about novels and novelists and whether they are true or false. NOVEL URBAN LEGEND: Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote while in prison. Don Quixote, or as it was originally titled, The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha, is likely the most […]