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Flash Backs Looking Back on Literary History (Backstory).(Brief Article)

Magazine article Book

Flash Backs Looking Back on Literary History (Backstory).(Brief Article)

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[1830] CRIME WRITER

During France's July Revolution, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, was among the Paris mob that looted the now-gone Palais des Tuileries, then the official residence of King Charles X. While inside the royal chambers, the novelist found a copy of his play Christine, which he stole.

[1899] UP THE RIVER

Joseph Conrad might never have written Heart of Darkness--one of the greatest classics of English literature--had he not hit rock bottom first. As a young man, Conrad, who was Polish, got mixed up in a gunrunning operation in Spain, gambled away all his money and attempted suicide. His uncle suggested he join Britain's Merchant Marines as a way of gaining citizenship and turning his life around. Conrad eventually found himself at the helm of a British river steamer in the Congo, and the story behind Heart of Darkness was born.

[1935] GUILT TRIP

William Faulkner was working on the novel Absalom, Absalom! …

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