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The novel has always had the reputation of being light entertainment, almost bordering on the frivolous. Part of the blame for this reputation can be placed on the word novel itself.
Cervantes, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Rudyard Kipling, Ian Fleming, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, James Mitchener. All famous novelists. All male. But did you know that the world first full novel – and one of the finest ever – was written by a woman
Johannes Gutenberg is often credited as the inventor of the printing press in 1454. However, the Chinese actually printed from movable type in 1040. Gutenberg was unaware of the Chinese printing methods
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JRR Tolkien : View of Middle-Earth
Beowulf: The oldest English epic
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The word encyclopaedia is derived from two Greek words meaning “a circle of learning.” The oldest known encyclopaedia was written in Greece about 2,000 years ago. It’s no longer in existence. The oldest encyclopaedia in existence was written in the 1st century by Roman scholar Pliny the Elder; called Natural History, it consists of 37 volumes. The largest ever encyclopaedia is the 17th century Yung Lo Ta Tien encyclopaedia. Written by 2,000 writers, it was bound in 11,100 volumes. The first volume of Encyclopaedia Britannica was published in 1771, a year after Beethoven was born and 5 years before America declared independence.
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