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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death on July 18, 1817, the Bank of England is introducing a new £10 banknote featuring the likeness of the celebrated English novelist (1775–1817). The unveiling ceremony of the new bill will take place this Tuesday at Winchester Cathedral where she is buried. “Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and…

“Science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact.” When the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) wrote this line in a 1935 article,  he couldn’t have known that he would posthumously become the subject of a fierce debate between these two opposing factions. Given his stated preference for science, Tesla, whose birthday is celebrated on July 10,…

With his gloom-ridden mind that spawned somber novels and short stories, Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), whose birthday was celebrated on July 3, seems like an unlikely source of a fun endeavor. But earlier this year, his books—long enjoyed in print, adapted for the big screen as well as the stage—were given a new medium: The Franz Kafka Videogame. Loosely…

On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) took his double-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun, turned it on himself and pulled the trigger. Could his suicide have been prompted by the shame that tormented him after having worked as a Soviet spy? We’ll never know for sure what precipitated his untimely death, but in a newly released book, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Hemingway’s…

In a soon-to-be-published book titled Simply Tolstoy, which is part of Simply Charly’s Great Lives book series, author Donna Orwin talks about Leo Tolstoy’s (1828-1910) extensive network of relatives and explores his ideas about the importance of family. The renowned author and social reformer could not have known that seven years after his death, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, his once close-knit…

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