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The Moomins were created as book characters by Tove Jansson. But who created their well known hippopotamus-like appearances?
Tove Jansson herself. Tove Jansson (pictured) was not only a writer, but also an illustrator. She created a series of comic books about the Moomins.
Which famous novel was rejected by a number of publishers, so eventually its author had to pay the cost for publication himself?
In Search of Lost Time (Proust). André Gide was famously given the manuscript to read to advise on publication and rejected it. In early 1914, he wrote to Proust to apologize "The rejection of this book will remain one of the most stinging and remorseful regrets of my life".
Where is The Encyclopaedia Britannica produced?
Chicago. The Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still being produced (currently only in the online version). It was first published between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1901, after it was taken over by an American firm, the Britannica shortened and simplified articles to broaden its appeal in the North American market. Although publication has been based in the United States since 1901, the Britannica has largely maintained British spelling.
Whose quotations are contained in the famous "Little Red Book"?
Mao Tse-Tung. In 1966, all regions across China were ordered to build hundreds of new printing houses to publish the "Quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung". The most popular versions were printed in small sizes that could be easily carried and were bound in bright red covers, becoming commonly known in the West as the Little Red Book. The book was printed in about 1 billion copies, which makes its second only to the Holy Bible.
Who is the author of the shortest horror story?
Fredric Brown. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. His short story called "Knock" has only two sentences: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..."
Where were the Moomins created?
In Finland. The Moomins were created by Swedish-speaking Finnish writer Tove Jansson, and were originally published in Swedish in Finland in 1945. There is a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland.
Which British Nobel Prize winner wrote the Lord of the Flies?
William Golding. The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island. The author presents the reader with a chronology of events leading a group from hope to disaster, as they attempt to survive their uncivilized, unsupervised, isolated environment until rescued. William Golding explores the dark side of humanity, illustrating humankind's intrinsic evil nature.
Who wrote the The Green Mile novel, which was adapted into a film under the same name?
Stephen King. The Green Mile is a 1996 serial novel written by Stephen King. It tells the story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities. The novel was adapted into a screenplay for a feature film of the same name by Frank Darabont, and was nominated for four Academy Awards.
What place can be proud of having the widest, oldest and most precious book collection in Czechia?
Strahov Monastery. The Monastery was tranformed into the Memorial of National Literature (Cz. Památník národního písemnictví) in 1953. The Strahov Library contains over 200,000 volumes, including over 3,000 manuscripts, 1,500 first prints, many incunables and "early printed books" stored in a special depository. It contains the near-whole collection of western Christianity literature, from its begginings to the end of XVIII century.
When was The Lord of the Rings published?
1954-1955. The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. For economic reasons, it was published in three volumes over the course of a year, from 29 July 1954 to 20 October 1955. The Lord of the Rings has since been translated into 38 languages and sold in over 150 million copies, making it one of the best-selling novels ever written.