H.P. Lovecraft was a Ghost Writer for Harry Houdini

"From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent." - H.P. Lovecraft, from "The Shunned House" I recently read on Britannica.com that H.P. Lovecraft made a living in part as a ghostwriter. This is sadly ironic, because his own horror works didn't gain superior fame until after his death. I wonder, does the ghost of Lovecraft float around the...

Thoreau Was Literally an Incendiary

"In the spring I burned over a hundred acres till the earth was sere and black, and by midsummer this space was clad in a fresher and more luxuriant green than the surrounding even. Shall man then despair? Is he not a sprout-land too, after never so many searings and witherings? If you witness growth and luxuriance, it is all...

Little Women was based on Louisa May Alcott's real family

"'Once upon a time, there were four girls, who had enough to eat and drink and wear, a good many comforts and pleasures, kind friends and parents who loved them dearly, and yet they were not contented.' (Here the listeners stole sly looks at one another, and began to sew diligently.) ‘These girls were anxious to be good and made...