World’s Strangest

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The Saga of Evelyn Nesbit

Evelyn Nesbit was a teenager who became a superstar model in the Victorian era. She was seduced and/or raped by at least two wealthy and famous men who were old enough to be her father or even grandfather. She married one of them, who was so insanely jealous of the other that he shot the [...]

The Quick 10: The Real People Behind 10 Literary Characters

We’ve learned the background of some children’s book characters here on the _floss (Eloise may have been based on Liza Minnelli, for example), but today we’re uncovering the inspiration for some characters in more adult novels. 1. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind was distant cousins with Doc Holliday. It’s supposed that she based [...]