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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 [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About the U.S. Capitol Building

I admit it – I’m reading the new Dan Brown book. I feel like I should be a little bit embarrassed, but it’s the fastest-selling adult novel of all time, so obviously I’m in good company. In case you’re not familiar, The Lost Symbol involves the typical Robert Langdon-style hunt for clues and symbols through [...]